Preparations for the 2nd phase of the Command Agriculture Programme are already in motion with registration of farmers for the 2017/2018 summer cropping season having commenced.

Farmers told ZBC News that Agritex extension officers are on the ground registering farmers after which data will be submitted to various district offices.

Goromonzi farmer Mr Noah Mangondo welcomed the early registration of growers as this will pave way for timely distribution of inputs.

Early preparations are expected to increase planted hectarage as last summer only 168 666 hectares were planted out of the targeted 247 035 due to late inputs disbursement.