Farmers behind wheat schedule

WHEAT farmers in Matabeleland North were by yesterday still plantingfollowing late delivery of inputs especially seed.


The province is targeting to plant 1 000ha of winter wheat under the CBZ Agro-Yield scheme, 400ha under the Presidential Scheme and the 300ha will be sponsored by individual farmers.


Matabeleland North has limited land for wheat farming in Binga, Bubi, Lupane and Umguza districts.


Efforts are, however, underway to identify more land to be irrigated by water from Gwayi-Shangani Dam.

Planting is still in progress amid fears the crop might be affected by the rains if the season starts early this year.


Wheat requires cold temperatures especially during its early stages so that it can develop more suckers and become vegetative.


Government had set 10 June as the planting deadline.


Production of the crop is being supported from three fronts this time around with 60 000ha being produced through a Government guaranteed CBZ Agro-Yield programme, 15 000ha by private contractors and 10 000ha through the Presidential Winter Wheat Scheme.



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