A group of farmers from Mashonaland Central Province, in Mazoweâ€™s Ward 21 constituency who benefitted from the land reform programme, has launched an initiative that seeks to produce 10 tonnes of maize for every hectare under cultivation.This follows the courting of professional services from agronomists from Gwebi College and Agritex experts at the onset of the season.
The farmers were introduced to advanced methods of farming under a programme in which they are expected to harvest at least 10 tonnes of maize per each hectare.
The farmers who commended the assistance they got from programmes initiated by the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe, got a windfall when they received 10 tonnes of fertiliser from their parliamentary representative, Zanu PF House of Assembly Member for Mazowe West, Cde Richard Chirongwe.
The farmers expressed optimism at the prospects of reaping bountiful harvests and hailed efforts by the legislator in supporting agricultural activities.
The land reform programme which was instituted to correct colonial imbalances did not go down well with the western countries which retaliated by slapping Zimbabwe with illegal sanctions.
As a result, resettled farmers have faced difficulties in accessing capital as local banks are failing to get access to credit lines.