Smallholder farmers in Muzarabani have been urged to grow small grains in order to ensure food security.

Government continues to roll out the Presidential Inputs Scheme in all the country’s districts with farmers being urged to grow crops suitable to their ecological regions.

Launching the Presidential Inputs Scheme at Cottco’s Muzarabani Ginnery, Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement Minister Air Chief Marshall Perrance Shiri encouraged villagers to utilise small grains in ensuring household food security as the area receives low rainfall.

“You should put to good use these inputs make sure you use them appropriately and don’t sell them,” he said.

Cottco Managing Director Mr Pious Manamike said farmers are efficiently utilising inputs with the company engaging two private ginneries to compliment its six in coping with output.

“The inputs distribution is going on well and our target is still 100 000 metric tonnes output,” he said.

Under the scheme farmers received seeds for cotton and small grains fertilisers and chemicals.