Over one million Zimbabwe farmers trained on conservation agriculture

By Almot Maqolo

At least one million farmers have so far been trained on conservation agriculture, popularly known as the Pfumvudza concept, Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement said on Monday. Pfumvudza is a concept that is aimed at climate proofing agriculture by adopting conservation farming techniques and involves the utilisation of small pieces of land and applying the correct agronomic practices for higher returns.

“More than one million farmers have so far been trained on conservation agriculture commonly referred to as Gatshompo/Pfumvudza. The government targets to train 1.8 million farmers by mid-September,” the agriculture ministry tweeted. Food production has been on a downward trend due to climate change.

“Supplementary irrigation is advisable especially during dry spell period to avoid crop failure. Pfumvudza also encourages soil reconditioning whereby soil sampling, testing and liming will be done so that farmers would know lime and nutrient requirement of their soil.” The approach can be used in marginal areas and still give high yields.

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