The production of small grains has significantly increased in Matabeleland South Province as farmers heed calls to grow crops that are suitable for the drought prone region.

This came out during a field day held at Mr Enos Nkala homestead in ward 4, Mbizingwe village in Umzingwane.

World Vision through funding from Australian Aid has been assisting farmers in Gwanda, Matobo and Umzingwane to grow red sorghum under its food security and livelihood projects.

The success rate of small grains over maize as well as the nutritional and income benefits of the crops has seen more heeding to calls to grow sorghum and millet.

According to Matabeleland South Provincial Agritex Training Specialist, Mr Mkhululi Ndlovu at least 30 000 hectares of land was put under sorghum last season, which is almost double the hectarage recorded in the previous years.

Mr Nkala, who put one hectare under red sorghum, urged other farmers to grow the crop so that they can boost their household income as it has a ready market.

The occasion saw farmers who did well in the production of red sorghum last season in Umzingwane receiving various prizes.

Mr Nkala, who came tops in the competition, walked away with a plough, while others received inputs and other farming equipments.