bags of fertilisers 2 -04-08-10.jpgGovernment has been urged to engage traditional leaders in the distribution of agricultural inputs in rural areas as they are strategically positioned within communities.


The call was made by Chief Chimbamauro of Zvimba East at a graduation ceremony at Gwebi Agricultural College.


With the 2010 to 2011 agricultural season at hand, the issue of agricultural inputs has once again taken centre stage especially in communal areas where farmers normally experience problems in accessing seed and fertiliser.


Chief Chimbamauro of Zvimba East however says government should involve traditional leaders in the distribution of agricultural inputs as Chiefs are strategically positioned to ensure that the inputs reach the farmers.


“We haven’t got the seed but we expect the rains to start falling around the 25th of this month or early next month. The inputs are expensive,” said Chief Chimbamauro.


Mashonaland West Provincial Agricultural Extension Officer, Mrs Edna Shambare said subsidised inputs were cleared as farmers exchanged maize with fertiliser at GMB deports.


“Some open markets have inputs but are expensive as prices range from $50-$70 for a 25kg bag of maize seed. We are waiting for the US$30 million so that inputs can be availed everywhere,” Mrs Shambare said.


Farmers in Zvimba East are at various stages of land preparation and some with irrigation facilities have their crops at different stages of growth.