Farmers of small grains can now exchange them for maize grain at the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) in line with government regulations to promote production.

The development comes amid a forecast of low to below normal rainfall for the 2018/19 summer cropping reason.

This was revealed by the Minister of Lands, Agriculture Water, Climate and Resettlement, Retired Air Chief Marshall Perrance Shiri

“If we farm millet or sorghum we can take it to GMB in exchange for maize because some farmers are wondering if they grow small grains then they become restricted when they want maize,” he said.

The Minister also said the government will enhance irrigation schemes with cultivation on 200 hectares being targeted this cropping season utilising rivers like Manyame.

Small grains are more drought tolerant than maize, giving subsistence farmers more food security in prevailing dry seasons.