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    Mat South begins command agriculture consultations


    Matebeleland South Province has started the Government command agriculture consultations with commercial farmers for the implementation of the programme, Beitbridge district administrator Simon Muleya has said.
    He said that officials have been dispatched to inspect and negotiate with commercial farmers who have their farms under irrigation in Marema, Gwanda and Filabusi so that they are registered for the programme.
    "We are mainly targeting commercial farmers who have their lands under irrigation.
    "We expect and hope that quite a big number of farmers will take part in this initiative," he said.
    Inputs in the form of maize seeds, fertilizers and chemicals will be provided by the Government while the farmers are expected to produce a minimum of 5tonnes per hectare which will be sold to the State and the remainder is retained for their own use.
    Command agriculture is a three year programme introduced by the Government in July to reduce the effects of drought in the country which requires about 1.8million tones of grain maize per year.
    Zimbabwe produced produced 742 000 tones of maie in the 2014-15 season, 1million less than the national requirement.
    The programme is targeting to put 400 000 hectares of land under command agriculture throughout the country.
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