Small holder farmers in Chiweshe are poised for increased maize production in the forthcoming summer cropping season following the launch of community farming support initiative in which they will receive tillage services.
Small holder farmers’ contribution is expected to increase at Nzvimbo in Chiweshe on the back of a mechanisation programme that will see growers getting tillage and other complimentary services.
Chiweshe farmer, Mr Cliif Murwira said the farm equipment sharing arrangement has been driven by the need to enhance farmers’ yields and also compliment government’s command farming programme.
A Local agriculture machinery supplier, Mr Neville Sealy said promoting small holder farm mechanisation is the best way to increase maize production.
Farmers welcomed the initiative as they have been using ox-drawn ploughs which are very inefficient for optimum tillage.
The launch of the initiative comes at a time local farmers are gearing up for the summer cropping season with government having begun to register growers to produce crops under phase 2 of the command agriculture scheme.