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    Klein Karoo urges Mberengwa farmers to plant drought resistant crops




    TARIRO MACHOKOTO

    ZVISHAVANE -
    Klein Karoo (K2) Seed recently held a workshop in Mberengwa and urged farmers to plant seeds that are not only drought resistant but mature early.
    The workshop which drew farmers from Mberengwa and Zvishavane which are both Region 4 with low rainfall pattern was held at Neta Village in Mberengwa.
    The company representatives said that they offer farmers the latest in technologies, genetics for their sunflower seeds and maize seeds which are drought resistant.
    Jorum Nhunha, the Midlands Agronomist advised farmers from the two districts to plant varieties such as PGS 51 Early Maturity white hybrid maize as it is an excellent contender in dry zones and nitrogen deficient soils and it matures in 127 days.
    He also urged farmers to use PGS61 which is medium maturity and combines drought tolerance qualities and high yield potential, PGS63 medium maturity and PGS 65 medium maturity  and is suitable for irrigation schemes because it requires a lot of time and water but produces top yields.
    "Farmers should be aware of the seeds that they use; it’s important to make sure that they suit the climatic changes that are with us. Farming is a business and farmers must always focus on yields," said Nhunha.
    Obert Mafunda, Econet manager in Zvishavane encouraged farmers to register with EcoFarmer in order to get ideas on how to prepare land in particular region. EcoFarmer enables farmers to get useful information on markets and prices, said Mafunda.
    Farmers were warned of a pest called fall army worm, common in Zvishavane and Mberengwa and were advised to use chemicals such as Lambda, Ecoterex, Chloryfos, Acephat, Methomyl, Ampligo, Steward and Super Dash.



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