Bumper harvest to enhance increased household disposable income

By Ruvimbo Chatyoka
MAIZE and Millet farmers in Bulilima District expect a bumper 2020/21 harvest widely expected to improve households disposable income, a sharp contrast to the period of perennial crop losses in recent years, as a result of the prolonged droughts experienced by the country.
The excellent rains enjoyed by the country coupled with the good rains saw most households planting both maize and millet in a region where small grain crops are predominately grown.
According to a statement by Habakkuk Trust, “The heavy rains that engulfed Bulilima have defiled climatic expectations with some climate expect describing the scenario as positive of climate change.
“The envisaged harvest will increase household disposable income as funds meant for mealie meal will be channelled to other basic needs.”
Bulilima Districts falls under agro-farming Region 5, which is characterised by erratic rainfall
President Emmerson Mnangagwa is on record challenging farmers to complement Government programs and take advantage of the good rains being received countrywide to upscale production, in a bid to foster economic growth.
The 2020/21 agriculture season is largely expected to yield positively due to the normal to above normal rainfalls so far received in all major national farming regions.
Agriculture, together with mining, are the key pillars with which the Government of Zimbabwe expects to foster economic development and move the nation to achieve an upper-middle-income economy by 2030, as espoused by the President.
Government’s blueprint, the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1) amongst other key issues emphasises rendering support to mining and farming as the two economic sectors are earmarked to champion government’s development and economic empowerment agenda in the coming decade.

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