A Norton farmer who produced a healthy maize crop through command agriculture says he cut labour costs by about 75 percent using modern technology in most of the farming activities he undertook this season.

Mr Orphias Matibiri of Kent farm in Norton says he employed mechanised farming methods on his 44 hectare maize field using mainly two employees, the tractor driver and an assistant and in the process saved 75 percent in labour costs.

As a result his returns are expected to be very high.

Mr Matibiri is a beneficiary of the command agriculture programme which enabled him to put 44 hectares under maize and is projecting an average yield of 10 tonnes or more per hectare.

A field day has since been hosted at his Kent farm due to the excellent production levels he is expecting from his maize crop.

Guest of honour at the field day, Senior Assistant Commissioner Rangarirayi Mushaurwa, the Officer Commanding Police Mashonaland West saluted those farmers who put to productive use the command agriculture inputs.

Most farmers who attended the field day expressed the hope that the challenges faced in the implementation of the command agriculture programme at inception will be overcome in subsequent seasons.