NEWLY resettled Chipinge farmer, Cde Joseph Chinotimba who is also Buhera South Member of National Assembly is expecting to harvest more than 500 tonnes of maize from his farm.
Speaking during a tour of his farm last Thursday where he had invited Chipinge District Administrator, Mr William Mashava, Cde Chinotimba, said he was expecting to harvest not less than 500 tonnes of maize which would all be supplied to Chipinge Grain Marketing Board.
“This is my first season on this farm and I put 100 hectares under maize. I am happy that the crop is doing very well.“I am expecting a bumper harvest. I am also committed to help resuscitate the national grain reserves through supplying my maize to GMB,’’ said Cde Chinotimba.As he took Mr Mashava around the farm, one could notice that indeed true to his word, the maize crop which is at maturing stage is doing well.
Mr Mashava hailed Cde Chinotimba for walking the talk. “I was a bit sceptical when you invited me for this tour, but I must admit that I am impressed by the hard work being done here.
“Indeed you have shown the world that we can achieve more if we have all the inputs. We can also feed all Zimbabweans and have a surplus which we can export,” said Mr Mashava. Cde Chinotimba hailed Government for coming up with the Command Agriculture Scheme and attributed the success at his farm to the programme.
“What you are seeing here is the results of the Command Agriculture Scheme. However, next year I want to be weaned from the programme to pave way for other farmers who did not benefit to be considered also,” said Cde Chinotimba.“I have done well this year and next season I should be able to stand on my own and let others benefit as well,” he added.
Chipinge District has performed above expectation on Command Agriculture farming. Recently Vice-President, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa was also in the district where he toured Taguta Farm where he witnessed firsthand how farmers had embraced the programme.