Farmers have been called upon to scale up the production of small grains to improve the small grains seed bank.

The chairman of Small Grains Seed Producers, Mr Bezel Nyabadza revealed that the country has a small grains deficit mostly in sunflower, groundnuts and soya beans.

“Coming from a successful command agriculture programme, focus should be directed at further increasing the seed bank of small grains in view of the climate change being experienced in most parts of the country,” noted Mr Nyabadza.

“Farmers should increase production in the country’s 24 listed crops for import and export substitution with a bias towards small grains which thrive better under adverse weather conditions,” he added.

Despite concerted efforts and an aggressive campaign by the government encouraging farmers to adopt small grains, some farmers are still preferring to grow maize crop which is however not suitable in their regions.