Maize and wheat farmers have been urged to make adequate preparations as the harvest season fast approaches in order to mitigate post harvest losses.

The harvest season is almost upon us as the early planted maize and early maturing varieties are drying, with farmers being urged to prepare on time.

An agronomist, Mr Ivan Craig said it is time farmers particularly those with a large hectarage should ensure that combine harvesters are in good working order and storage facilities clean to minimise harvest delays and losses.

He also urged wheat farmers to plan early for the season to avoid planting delays which reduce the potential yield.

“Those with unutilised land should begin planting early varieties now,” he said.

The 2017/18 rainfall season resulted in mixed fortunes for farmers.

In the 2018 national budget, Finance Minister, Cde Patrick Chinamasa said by December 1 last year, over 46404 farmers had been contracted to plant 219 000 hectares of maize.

Of that amount, 52330 hectares were under irrigation and the remainder under dry land as part of the command maize programme.