sorghum.jpgThe Zimbabwe Farmers Union (ZFU) says small grains planted in dry areas this summer season have given farmers a major boost in their quest for food security by withstanding dry weather conditions.

 

ZFU embarked on a drive to promote small grains last October through funding several households in dry regions such as Masvingo, Matebeleland North and South.

 

The farmers union also provided technical assistance and assisted with sourcing markets for the grain.

 

ZFU Vice President, Mr. Berean Mukwende says the small grains this season are resisting moisture stress at a time, thereby providing better prospects for food sustainability.

 

Production of small grains such as sorghum, millet and rapoko declined in recent years owing to difficulties farmers faced in securing commercial buyers.

 

The crops have also been negatively affected by low producer prices and outbreaks of quelea birds.

 

Overall agriculture production is on the rebound after a 34% increase last year.