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Zimbabwe Farmers Record Bumper Harvests

  • Gibbs Dube

Most farmers in Zimbabwe say they got bumper harvests this year while the situation looks gloomy in some parts of the country like Matabeleland South province.

Some farmers in Zvishavane, Midlands province, say they have harvested maize which will last the next three agricultural seasons. They say the major problem now is lack of packaging material like sacks that are not readily available.

The situation is almost the same in Hwange and Gokwe district where farmers say they have recorded reasonable harvests. They are still in the process of harvesting their crops.

Farmer Chris Makwenda of Gwamanyanga village in Zvishavane is happy that he has reaped what he literally sow though promising not to deliver anything to the state-controlled Grain Marketing Board.

The situation is, however, not the same in Gwanda district where some farmers failed to reap anything due to lack of inputs and other challenges at the onset of the rain season.

At the same time, farmers in the Midlands province’s Gokwe district, like George Moyo, say they are facing problems of marketing their crops and low prices of cotton.

Government officials were not available for comment as Agriculture Minister Joseph made was not answering his mobile phone.