zim maize.jpgMashonaland West Provincial Agronomist, Mrs Siena Makaza says the crop situation in the province is not pleasing.
Mrs Makaza attributed the situation to the late onset of rains.

She said effective and widespread rains were only received in the province after Christmas forcing some farmers to plant maize after the expiry of the planting window period.

Mrs Makaza said cash crops such as tobacco were affected by high temperatures which caused moisture stress thereby necessitating some gap filling.

She said the only districts with meaningful agricultural progress are Zvimba and Makonde.

However, over 300 000 people in Buhera district are in need of food aid.

Villagers who spoke to ZBC News in Murambinda said they are forced to travel as far as Bindura and Guruve in search of maize.

They have called on government to re-introduce the food for work programme.

Meanwhile, farmers in the area have expressed disappointment over the unavailability of fertilizer at Buhera GMB depot.