Agriculture experts say strategies must be put in place to ensure the expected bumper harvest of 4 million tonnes food crops is effectively utilised so that there is return on investment.

Agriculture economist, Mr Peter Gambara said valuable lessons have been learnt in the first part of the command farming season and there is need to plan ahead.

Agro-business consultant, Mr Conwell Muzhanye said post harvest storage and processing will be critical in preventing losses.

Figures from the Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Ministry show the national harvest will reach 4 million tonnes with maize production exceeding 2.1 million tonnes, small grains 400 000 tonnes, and groundnuts 148 000 metric tonnes.