maize.jpgThe government has started working on modalities to ensure that the strategic grain reserves are well stocked as indications are high that some areas in Matabeleland South, Masvingo, parts of Midlands and Manicaland are not going to harvest expected yields.    

Though the general sentiments expressed so far have indicated that the 2008-2009 season is poor, some regions have realised good yields.

 

A survey conducted by ZBC News on farms near Mazoe in Mashonaland Central has shown that the maize crop in that area is doing well. By late February the crop in Mashonaland and the eastern part of the country were showing moisture stress. 

 

However, the rains returned in early-March and most of the country received normal to above-normal rainfall in March.

 

Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Dr Joseph Made noted that while reports of the crop assessment for this season are expected in the next two weeks it is now apparent that some areas in Matabeleland South, Masvingo, Manicaland and the Lowveld will not yield as expected.

Zimbabwe Farmers Union First Vice President Mr. Abdul Nyathi said judging from the reports they are receiving from their members across the country, the southern part of the country has been badly affected while the Northern part has fared better, a view also shared by the second Vice President Mr. Berean Mukwende.

 

Poor yields realised in past seasons were due to different reasons among them drought and the unavailability of inputs.

In the 2008 to 2009 farming season, farmers accessed inputs late while the rains have also been erratic.