The government has unveiled an integrated Command Agriculture support for farmers to till 20 000 to boost local food production and guarantee food security produce grain for food security and nutrition in the Midlands Province revealed the AGRITEX Midlands Province Head, Mrs. Monica Magwenzi
Speaking to the AgriSeason, Mrs. Magwenzi, said that, under the scheme the farmers will get 25kg seed per hectare, fertilisers and fuel for tillage and for transporting output to the Grain Marketing Board, GMB, and agro- chemicals that includes herbicides and fungicides.
farmers in the Province are registering their requirements for the season to produce enough maize for the nation said, Mrs. Magwenzi.
Irrigation schemes in the Midlands produce an average 12 tonnes per ha and if well supplied with inputs the Midlands is expected to be able to feed herself and have excess for sale to ensure food security and nutrition.
Zimbabwe is expected to receive normal rains with a bias towards below normal throughout the 2019/20 season, Government has said.
Presenting at the Inter-Ministerial Dialogue on Climate Change, Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement Minster Perrance Shiri told the media the seasonal rainfall forecast October to December 2019 Harare, much of Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West, Matabeleland, most parts of Manicaland, Mashonaland Central, North eastern part of Midlands would be “normal and biased to above normal rains”.
Minster Perrance Shiri said that “Masvingo and the extreme southern parts of Manicaland and bulk of Matabeleland South will expect normal to the biased below normal rainfall. From January to March 2020 all areas should expect normal rainfall to below normal,” he said.
According to the 2019/20 Seasonal Rainfall Forecast For Zimbabwe Meteorological Services Department by the Zimbabwe National Climate Outlook Forum, the “The seasonal rainfall forecast is divided into two sub-seasons: October to December 2019 (OND) and January to March 2020 (JFM) . The October 2019 to March 2020 forecast is as follows: a) Rainfall outlook for the October to December (OND) 2019 period Region I: Harare, much of Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West, Mashonaland Central, northeastern parts of Midlands, most of Manicaland Normal with a bias towards above normal while Region II: The greater part of Matabeleland North, parts of Midlands and parts of Mashonaland West.”
“Normal with a bias towards above normal Region III: Masvingo, the bulk of Midlands, the extreme southern parts of Manicaland and the bulk of Matabeleland South.” Say the Zimbabwe National Climate Outlook Forum.
“Normal with a bias towards below normal Region I: Mashonaland Provinces, Harare, most of Manicaland, northern parts of Masvingo and northern parts of Midlands.”
The policies of small dam construction, borehole drilling/ deepening, rehabilitation of irrigation schemes, conservation and protection of wetlands should continue advises the Zimbabwe National Climate Outlook Forum.
On farm activities should be guided by the daily, 3-day and 10-day weather forecasts as well as advice from Agricultural authorities. The 10-day weather forecasts will be issued from October until end of season.
Francis Bingandadi Managing Editor AgriSeason