winterwheat1.jpgThe Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers Union has intensified preparations for the forthcoming winter wheat farming season with the aim of improving this year’s yield.

 

The winter wheat crop has for a number of years failed to meet its target due to a number of reasons, chief among them poor planning and lack of funds to buy the necessary equipment.

 

This year, the Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers’ Union (ZCFU) says it has engaged a number of stakeholders from the finance and manufacturing sector to try and map out ways of availing loans and inputs before the planting season begins.

 

ZCFU President, Mr. Donald Khumalo said farmers are currently facing challenges, adding that arrangements are being made to ensure that the winter wheat season commences with all inputs in place.

 

“We have intensified our preparations for the forthcoming season. Farmers are facing a lot of challenges and we are trying to see how best we can assist them, so that we can produce a better yield and meet the stipulated target,” said Mr Khumalo.

 

Mr Khumalo said insurance companies have also been roped in to ensure cover for the crop in case of any possible disaster.

 

The country is currently importing wheat as local farmers are failing to produce adequately for the domestic market.