sorghum.jpgFarmers in drought prone areas have been urged to grow drought resistant small grains such as millet and sorghum, if they are to avoid perennial food shortages.


The call was made by Agricultural Marketing Authority Vice Chairperson in charge of Business Development, Mr Basil Nyabadza who said farmers in areas such as Masvingo, Matabeleland and parts of the Midlands province, which normally receive low rainfalls should exploit the unique attributes of small grains.
He said the growing of small grains such as sorghum, millet and rapoko can boost food security in these drought prone areas as the crops are not only drought tolerant but have a better nutritional value compared to other cereal crops.


“I am quite impressed by the significant improvement in the growing of small grains especially the semi arid regions such as Matabeleland and Masvingo,” said Mr Nyabadza.


Meanwhile, Mr Nyabadza said the Agricultural Marketing Authority will be visiting farmers across the country to discuss the best possible ways on the marketing of crops.


“We will be visiting the respective districts to find the best ways on the marketing of commodities to avoid stand off between farmers and buyers,” said Mr Nyabadza.
The production of small grains had faced several challenges over the years including the limited access to seed, poor price, low yields and the huge flocks of quelea birds.


Due to low yields per hectare, farmers tend to shun small grains in favour of maize.