Rutendo Rori Mash East Correspondent
A Seke young farmer has hailed Government for the Pfumvudza concept as he is expecting a bumper harvest from his 10 Pfumvudza plots at Gilston Farm.
During a tour of Pfumvudza projects in Mashonaland East province on Saturday by Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Resettlement Minister Dr Anxious Masuka, the farmer Mr Tinashe Chinyani (37) said he was expecting a yield of 10 tonnes of maize from his Pfumvudza plots.
“I embraced the Pfumvudza concept simply because of the issue of climate change. Given the unpredicted rainfall patterns, our Government introduced this initiative which is best for getting higher yields.
“A small Pfumvudza plot gives you one tonne of maize. I received inputs for two plots from Government, and I prepared eight more plots using my own inputs,” he said.
Apart from maize, Mr Chinyani also planted sugar beans and soya beans under Pfumvudza and the crops are doing well.
“All this has been made possible by the assistance that I got from Agritex officers,” he said
He urged youths across the country to embrace the Pfumvudza concept and contribute to the national food security.
“We should implement Government farming programmes and ensure there is sufficient food for the nation,”
“It is a brilliant idea by Government to ensure that collection points are brought closer to the farms because it reduces transport costs.”
Minister Masuka commended Mr Chinyani for leading by example and also urged youths to learn from him.
“It is impressive that youths are venturing into agriculture. I wish more youths could actually learn from this young farmer who has done 10 Pfumvudza plots. He has performed well.