Maize farmers have been warned against falling prey to middlemen who purchase the commodity without the use of a scale to measure the exact quantity of maize traded, thereby prejudicing the producer.

Prominent agronomist, Mr Ivan Craig told farmers during a maize field day in Zowa that most producers have previously fallen prey to middlemen who often opt not to use conventional  scales to measure the quantity of grain they would have purchased, as the use of estimates usually benefit such buyers.

The field day was hosted at plot 281, owned by Zvimba West legislator, Cde Ziyambi Ziyambi, who put about 30 hectares under Agriseeds’ range of new hybrid varieties.

The farmers were also warned against taking short cuts in farming, as such practice significantly reduces yields

In the case of Cde Ziyambi’s fields, Compound D fertiliser was only applied after the seeds had already been planted, a practice that is discouraged by agronomists as most nutrients are then lost in the process.

Agriseeds Managing Director, Mr Simon Nyanhete said he projects phenomenal growth for the agriculture sector given new and better crop hybrid varieties and technologies that are being introduced into the market.

Cde Ziyambi’s young brother, Humphrey, who hosted the field day in the absence of the legislator, said although a high yield is expected at the farm, production levels could have been much higher if he had followed proper farming techniques.

Zimbabwe this year expects a bumper maize harvest, courtesy of the Command Agriculture Programme and the good rains experienced this season.