Government has been urged to render the necessary technical support required for small scale communal farmers to boost production and make significant contributions to the countryâ€™s total maize output.
The call was made by Zanu PF Goromonzi legislators, Cde Beatrice Nyamupinga and Cde Paddy Zhanda at a field day held in Nzungu Village in Munyawiri Ward of Goromonzi.
Cde Zhanda, who is the Goromonzi North House of Assembly Member, said there is need to give all technical support that small scale farmers need so as to take back Zimbabwe to the regionâ€™s bread basket status.
â€œGiven that communal farmers used to contribute 80% of the countryâ€™s total maize crop In the 1990s, the same farmers can reach or surpass the same levels if they are given necessary support,â€ he said.Â
Noting that the bulk of small scale communal farmers are women, Goromonzi East House of Assembly Member, Cde Beatrice Nyamupinga called for the government to support women in farming through a gender sensitive approach.
At the field day, it was noted that farmers who had a successful season in terms of better yields, received agricultural support in the form of farm implements.
The overall best farmer, Mr Francis Mukukwa expressed gratitude at assistance rendered by Agritex technical support.
The countryâ€™s successful agrarian reform has seen the change in land ownership patterns with more than 350 000 resettled indigenous farmers contributing to Zimbabweâ€™s food production.