The government has hailed the new zero tillage method by ARDA in partnership with Agro Alliance which cuts the cost of tillage, protects the ecosystem and boosts maize production.

The partnership has proved to be a success as evidenced by the good maize germination at ARDA Nijo farm on the outskirts of Harare where the new zero tillage technology was applied on a larger scale.

The new method caught the attention of the new Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement Retired Air Chief Marshal Perrance Shiri who visited the farm to assess how best government can adopt and promote this cheaper and environmentally friendly farming method.

This method which entails planting without ploughing has also been successfully applied in many countries in line with global trends in farming.