Power and water supply challenges that have affected the country have not deterred some agricultural concerns from producing a bumper harvest with ARDA Antelope estate in Matobo district having delivered over 2 000 tonnes of wheat to the grain marketing board ( GMB).
Despite a challenging 2019 winter wheat farming season characterised by power and water supply shortages, Arda antelope estate in Maphisa, Matobo district, managed to produce an average of six point five tonnes per hectare from the 511 hectares put under the wheat crop.
In an interview with the Zbc news, Estate Manager, Alec Chinyai, said while the facility produced a good wheat crop, 120 hectares of sugar beans were written off owing to intermittent power supplies at the irrigation scheme.
“Our yield is standing at 6,5 tonnes per hectare which is great. This wheat is mainly meant for commercial purposes, it will be sold to the community” he said
Turning to the summer cropping season, Chinyai said 680 hectares will be dedicated towards soya bean production.
The estate has so far received inputs which include compound D fertiliser, seed, and diesel through the command agriculture programme.
“Inputs have started coming in. We are so far received 30 tonnes of compound D fertiliser, 60 tonnes of soya beans and 45 thousand litres of fertiliser,” he said.
Meanwhile, communal farmers in Matobo district have started land preparation while the distribution of seed and fertiliser under the presidential input program has kicked off.