Acting President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa says he is happy with the increase in the hectarage under wheat which he said will go a long way in reducing imports.

The Acting President toured Chakadenga and Kudenga farms in Marondera where the farmers have 60 hectares and 30 hectares under command wheat programme respectively.

He was accompanied by Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Cde Joseph Made, Air Force of Zimbabwe commander Air Marshal Perrence Shiri and was received at Kudenga Farm by Mashonaland East Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Retired Brigadier General Ambrose Mutinhiri.

Cde Mnangagwa expressed satisfaction with the crop on the farms he visited and said although the country will continue to import wheat, this year’s harvest will go a long way in reducing imports as the country requires 450 000 metric tonnes of wheat per annum for its consumption.

The Acting President said plans are underway to improve storage facilities to cater for the combined bumper maize and wheat harvest as a result of the command programme.

Mashonaland East had an increase of 350 percent under wheat from the 2016 production levels.

The province had a target of 8 000 hectares and managed 7 166 hectares with 5 100 under command agriculture while 1 900 is under private players.