A cross section of farmers in Mashonaland Central Province have bemoaned the unavailability of maize dryers which will impact negatively on preparations for the wheat crop.

Preparations for wheat productions have been thrown into disarray as farmers are starting harvesting of the summer crop owing to high moisture content caused by incessant rains.

This has prompted government to consider setting up maize dryers across the country to ensure that farmers harvest their crop and remain within the time frame for wheat planting.

Farmers who spoke to ZBC News said the unavailability of dryers is impacting negatively on the winter crop as they are starting harvesting while dates for wheat planting are closer with no land preparation in place.

Power shortages have been posing a major headache for farmers who participate in wheat production while irrigation equipment is also a challenge.

Unavailability of inputs is also a major concern among farmers.