Smallholder farmers have been encouraged to grow vegetables as a way of spreading risks and broadening income streams in their farming enterprises.

The message was shared during a field day that was held in Darwendale recently at an 18 hectare processing tomato project a joint venture between Beitbridge Juicing (BBJ) and a cooperative of A1 farmers in the area.

“Joint ventures and contract farming will play a major role in improving productivity levels amongst smallholder and commercial farmers, as farmers are supported with inputs, working capital and the output market,” said BBJ company general manager Mr Asere Shumba.

Dr John Bhasera, a chief agronomist with a local seed house encouraged farmers to improve productivity to ensure more profits and sustainability of the enterprises.

Adoption of good agronomic practices and choice of adaptable and high yielding processing tomato varieties are key to attaining better yields.