Early preparations, good agronomic practices and taking heed of advice by Agritex Extension officers will be key to the success of the 2017 /18 summer cropping season following up on the command farming programme in which a bumper harvest was recorded.

All effort must be placed in ironing out the challenges facing farmers.

Business analyst Conwell Muzhanye believes GMB should heed advice by cabinet and expedite payments so that farmers get working capital.

Though it may seem late equipment suppliers are working round the clock on a hindered day programme to provide more machinery in time for the rains.

With an expected recurrence of crop pest like fall army, farmers are being urged to stock pesticides in time.

Farmers have hit the ground running and it is up to other stakeholders to come on board and provide all the requirements needed to ensure maximum productivity.