The Zimbabwe Farmers Union (ZFU) has implored more farmers to participate in the command agriculture programme, saying the model will empower them with best farming practices to maximise production.

ZFU President, Mr Abdul Nyathi has been a farmer for years but says this is the first time he is expecting to harvest about 200 tonnes from the 40 hectares planted under maize production at his farm in West Nicholson, Matabeleland South Province.

Mr Nyathi, who dedicated 10 hectares to command agriculture, said the programme taught him that with early land preparation, mobilisation of agricultural inputs in time and adequate water, a farmer is assured of a bumper harvest.

He implored more farmers to take up the programme in the coming seasons as they will learn from it and contribute meaningfully to food production.

Mr Nyathi however, expressed concern over the devastating impact of the fall army worm that hit most parts of the country but said most farmers are now knowledgeable about dealing with the pest.

Harvesting of the maize crop is still ongoing in different parts of the province with most farmers confident of a bumper harvest.

In other areas water logging however resulted in poor yields.