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    Heavy drop in farmers attending Chikomba Show




    ELLEN MLAMBO
    CHIVHU BUREAU

    CHIKOMBA –
    The number of farmers who attended Chikomba District Agricultural show held at Wiltshire two weeks dropped by more than 60 percent from more than 500 in 2015 to just 209 this year.
    There were 58 exhibitors displaying 664 different products.
    The number of companies participating at the show also dropped heavily from nine in 2015 to just one this year. The company that attended is Klen Karoo (K2) which deals in seeds.
    The Show also had no livestock, making it a sorry sight compared to 2015 when there were 37 cattle.
    There were no prizes for the overall winners due to financial constraints. Prices were received by the best farmers in various categories such as in crops, horticulture, art and craft and modelling.
    District Agricultural Extension Officer Gibson Tokotore attributed the low attendance at the show to the drought that ravaged the country this year.
    The show was held under the theme "Climate change: Agricultural production strategies". Judges for the show were brought from neighboring Buhera District.
    Tokotore encouraged farmers to farm different crops in order to suite climate changes and to enhance food security. He also stressed the importance of knowing the best seeds that suit the type of soil in specific areas.
    Dignitaries present at the show were the Assistant district administrator Monica Mutsimba,  ….Takawira, Chief Mtekedza, representatives from the department of Livestock production, Agritex and EMA.
    Phyllis Chikumbirike (65) from Masasa under Chief Mtekedza was on first position in the craft section, first position in the vegetables section and fourth position in modeling.
    Chikumbirike won two big pots for dominating in two categories and a 20-litre bucket for taking fourth position in modeling.
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