645 000 households in Matabeleland South Province are expected to benefit from the Presidential Inputs Support Programme amid calls for farmers to play their part in ensuring a successful summer cropping season.
Delays in the distribution of inputs to farmers has always affected agricultural production but the 2018 /2019 summer cropping season will be different as government has rolled out the Presidential Inputs Support Scheme that will see farmers getting seed and fertiliser early.
Speaking at the Matabeleland South provincial launch at Phaphama area in Insiza, the Provincial Minister of State Abednico Ncube urged farmers not to abuse the inputs but to utilise them to boost yields in the coming season.
“There is a steady growth in output in this province from farming activities since the inception of the Presidential Inputs Scheme and Command Agriculture Programme introduced in 2016/2017. So to the farmers i urge you not to sale the inputs, but use them so that we don’t experience food shortages this season,” he said.
Some of the beneficiaries of the input scheme extended their gratitude to President Emmerson Mnangagwa for responding to concerns that have been raised by farmers in the past saying they are committed to improving production levels.
Under the Presidential Support Scheme each farmer will receive 10 kgs of maize seed or five kilogrammes of small grain, 50kgs of compound D and fifty kgs of ammonium nitrate.