tobacco growers.jpgFarmers surrounding Harare say they are expecting a bumper harvest following the good rains, which have fallen since the beginning of the summer cropping season.

As the summer cropping season enters the second half, a section of farmers in Goromonzi, Mazowe and Ruwa have expressed satisfaction with the condition of most crops which are at various stages of development.

They say the rains received so far are adequate and if they continue to fall they are headed for good harvest with crops maturing on schedule.

Goromonzi A2 farmer, Mrs Esnath Mutize, who has planted maize and tobacco, said she is already harvesting some of her crops.

“We planted 4 hectares of tobacco and 6 hectares of maize. The tobacco is ready for harvest and the maize is tussling,” Mrs Mutize said.

Mazoe A2 farmer, Mr Johnson Mudzingwa, who has planted 30 hectares of maize and 5 hectares of sugar beans, said despite a few challenges with acquiring inputs, many farmers in his area are hopeful of improving yields.

“Although we have faced some problems in accessing inputs, we managed to plant a lot of crops and I am hopeful that with the current rains, most farmers will harvest more than last season,” said Mr Mudzingwa.

The current summer cropping season has so far received normal to above normal rainfall with predictions that Zimbabwe will produce a bumper harvest.

Tobacco production is expected to soar to 170 million kilogrammes up from 123 million last year, with maize output also expected to increase.