Agricultural experts have projected that Matabeleland South will experience a bumper harvest this season owing to the good rains that have been received in the province and the timeous distribution of farming inputs.

 

The good rains that are currently being experienced in the province have brought relief to farmers who are recovering from a crippling drought that wiped away thousands of cattle and left the entire region food insecure.

 

Matabeleland South’s acting provincial Agritex officer Mr Masawuso Mawocha says the province this year increased its hectarage from the normal target of 120 000 to 135 000 hectares.

 

The agricultural expert expressed satisfaction with the state of the crop saying communal farmers are expected to harvest at least five tonnes per hectare.

 

Despite a positive outlook, farmers in Umzingwane are however in desperate need of fertiliser as the incessant rains have resulted in water logging.

 

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development through the Department of Research and Specialist Services recently availed chemicals to contain the fall army worm.

 

Matobo and Umzingwane were the worst affected but the pest is now under control.