Smallholder farmers across the country are being trained on smart agriculture practices to cushion them against the effects of climate change.
High temperatures and erratic rainfall patterns have exposed over a million families who depend on rain-fed agriculture to food shortages. This was the centre of discussion at the Zimbabwe Farmers Union Congress (ZFUC) a platform that farmers utilise to exchange ideas and identify opportunities in farming, which was held in Masvingo last Thursday which proffered various solutions to cushion farmers from the heavy toll of climate change.
Masvingo Minister of State for provincial affairs, Ezra Chadzamira, commended the knowledge and skills transfer being carried out by the farmers union and other supporting organisations.
“We are happy that such organisations are helping government in intensifying farmer training on best farming and climate-friendly practices to ensure increased production in the country,” minister Chidzamira said.
This comes at a time when government has announced a shift towards smart agriculture, a concept supported by the Zimbabwe Farmers Union Executive Director, Paul Zakaria.
Agronomists who were present at the event advised farmers to be equipped with inputs and the necessary tools.
“Masvingo province is unique on climate hence proper inputs and supporting infrastructure are key elements to support production,” said agronomist Tawanda Mangisi
“New seed varieties are being developed particularly on small grains and soya which farmers can utilise to protect themselves from losses that usually occur through the maize crop when it is affected by drought,” said another agronomist Moses Kudanga.
Farmers who attended the Congress appreciated the training on smart agriculture practices.
The Zimbabwe Farmers Union Congress is a platform which farmers utilise to exchange ideas and identify opportunities in farming.