frost.jpgCommunal farmers at Musarurwa Irrigation Scheme in Zvimba district are seeking government and stakeholders intervention in supplying inputs after their maize crop under irrigation was affected by frost.

Scores of villagers in the district have been left stranded after their maize crop under irrigation which form the basis of their livelihood was severely affected by frost leaving them with no farming inputs to resuscitate their business.

Musarurwa Irrigation Scheme chairperson, Mr. Zvidzai Malinganiso, said his cooperative has been paralyzed by the effects of the natural phenomenon and now look up to government and other stakeholders for a bail out plan.

Middle Manyame Subdivision Vice Chairperson, who is also the head of Makonde district Department of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Ms Betty Biri, said apart from the issue of farming inputs, her department is also facing a number of challenges such as equipment in its bid to resuscitate irrigation development programs in the area.

Ever since the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe was stripped of its quasi-fiscal activities, the mechanization program has been left to bleed to death while farming inputs have become difficult to be accessed by farmers with the finance ministry showing reluctance to support agriculture.