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    Mwenezi farmer gets 21tonnes in small grains


    - July Sithole, a Mwenezi farmer who has shunned growing maize and moved to small grains had a bumper harvest of 21 tonnes of this year.
    This emerged at a field day held at his home in Ward 5 where Mwenezi District Agronomist, Jemitias Denhere emphasised that farmers in Mwenezi must move away completely from maize to small grains if they are to get harvests from the fields.
    The district entered into a partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP) to promote small grain under the food security climate resilience facility that was launched in October last year.
    Speaking at the same occasion WFP donor relations and communications officer, Sophia Robele said the food security programme in Mwenezi also urged farmers to resort to small grains.
    Small grain production was introduced as a way to eradicate and alleviate hunger in the area. Mwenezi is very hot and dry and as such it receives very low rainfall during the rainy seasons.
    Under the project WFP gave 50 lead farmers and 500 ordinary famers inputs such as seeds, fertilizer and chemicals to start the growing of sorghum, rapoko, and millet.
    The farmers were drawn from Mwenezi's five wards.
    Denhere who spoke at the field day urged farmers to stop growing maize and take up small grain farming for them to yield good harvests.
    "It is now time for famers in Mwenezi to stop maize production for they have been harvesting little or nothing. I am happy that the demonstration of this smart agriculture is a successs following the yields received by farmers who shifted to it this season. Famers in this district are encouraged to shift to this small grain production for them to get better yields," said Denhere.
    Sithole said that those farmers who invest in maize production in Mwenezi district rips nothing and will remain poor.
    "Famers who put their investment in maize production in Mwenezi district got nothing. Those who grew small grains like sorghum filled their granaries. I am confident that during the next season, more farmers will shift on to this smart production," Sthole said.
    Mwenezi District is in region 5 and it receives approximately 620mm rainfall per annum. "The challenge of drought in Mwenezi district cannot be changed if people still invest in maize production, farmers should shift to small grain production for them to yield better and have surplus to sell to big beer brewing companies like Delta Beverages," said Robele.
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