Smallholder farmers eye increased small grains output
Smallholder farmers from Matabeleland North Province attending the ongoing 2018 Victoria Falls Agricultural Show are positive about increased output of small grains and have prioritised water harvesting as well as conservation agriculture given the projected erratic rainfall during the 2018/19 farming season.
Over 70 exhibitors are attending the 2018 Victoria Falls Agricultural Show among them smallholder farmers from the province.
Most of the communal farmers who are into small grains production said there are keen to support government’s drive for improved productivity by prioritising water harvesting and practising conservation farming.
“Through the use of conservation agriculture practices we are able to improve our yields. We also are aware that the country is likely to have erratic rainfall hence we have put in place measures to ensure that we utilise the little rainfall,” said some of the smallholder farmers.
Victoria Falls show manager Mr Tendai Moyo said the organisers are pleased with the increase in the number of exhibitors and the quality of products being showcased.
“We have witnessed a significant improvement in terms of number of participants as well as the quality of products being showcased at this year’s edition of the Victoria Falls Agricultural Show,” he said.
Meanwhile, farmers from the region have also been urged to seriously consider venturing into horticulture farming given the ready market and the potential to generate more foreign currency for the country.
This year’s edition of the Victoria Falls Agricultural Show is being held under the theme, “Building Green Economy Linkages and Beneficiation Networks”.