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    74 000 litres issued under Command Agric in Mat South


    GWANDA – Some 59 farmers and 1 116 people under irrigation schemes have received 74 000 litres under the specialised maize production scheme in Matabeleland South Province.
    The farmers were allocated 100 litres of diesel per hectare and the fuel is meant to help farmers when they do the ploughing, disking as well as planting.
    This was releveled in an interview with the Provincial Agritex Officer Judiya Ncube.
    "At the moment inputs have started coming and farmers are coming to collect their inputs. The distribution of diesel has already began and it is being distributed to all the seven districts in our region according to the hectares that a farmer has. The process is still in progress as some of our inputs such as herbicides have not been made available to our farmers," he said.
    Specialised maize production programme is a government initiative meant to eliminate drought in the country through giving farmers inputs on a recovery basis.
    It is a programme that targets farmers with irrigable land.
    The programme that targeted 2500 hectares of land has manged to get farmers who can plough 2170 hectares of land.
    "At the moment 2170 hectares of land has been utilised instead of the targeted 2500. This therefore means that there is still room for others," he added.
    "We know that they might be fear of inputs abuse for example having people who will end up selling fuel. We have extension workers on the ground who will be assessing and monitoring the inputs. We don't expect anyone to misuse them. Actually every individual is expected to use them for the agreed purpose," he said.
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