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Bumper Harvest For Small Grain Farmers

Bumper Harvest For Small Grain Farmers

Farmers in drier regions of the country have been urged to plant small grains which are more drought tolerant.

A Chipinge farmer, Charles Sithole Mhlahlayazi of Chinyamukwakwa in Chipinge South (Ward 26), is expecting a bumper harvest from his sorghum crop.

Mhlahlayazi said he grew a new red sorghum seed variety – Rakodzi – on his 10-hectare plot and is expecting between four and five tonnes per hectare.

Speaking during a field day hosted by seed breeders, Klein Karoo (K2) Seed Marketing Company at his farm recently, Mhlahlayazi said:

The idea of growing this type of sorghum came after listening to a radio programme from a local radio station.

From what I heard during the programme, I did not hesitate to grow the red sorghum variety despite some discouragements from fellow farmers.

I went to local shops where I bought a 10kg bag of seeds. I got basic knowledge on how to grow it since no one had ever tried it here.

Despite receiving low rainfall this season, my crop performed very well. I am expecting more than four tonnes per hectare. I am expecting high returns on my investment.

The producer price for a tonne of sorghum is pegged at $70 263 and the red sorghum is in great demand, especially from those in the brewing industry.

Speaking at the same event, K2 regional manager, Petros Nyamande outlined the advantages the new sorghum seed variety has for farmers. He said:

Farmers in areas that received low rainfall should grow this variety to ensure food security. lt is also in high demand from breweries.

The crop cannot be attacked by birds like other small grains and once it germinates, you cannot make losses.

Chipinge South MP, Enock Porusingazi (ZANU PF), called on farmers to work closely with experts from seed companies to get the correct varieties for their respective areas.

More: The Manica Post


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5 Comments

Chen 1 month ago

Vuka Vuka dzakamira Seiko mapaymentsekuCensus pazuva tipe breakdown. For Supervisors , Enumerators etc


vuka vuka 1 month ago

Ini zvangu ndiri kuCencus I get 300000 rtgs($2000) saka kurima kupedza nguva


🥸 1 month ago

$70 263 for a whole metric tonne of sorghum is peanuts, that's less than US250 for 1000kg, so absurd.


r 1 month ago

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Chawabvunza 1 month ago

In the current season our SADC weather men misled our farmers by misinterpreting weather patterns and then telling farmers that we were going to have normal to above normal rain. But we all saw what happened. The rain was neither above normal nor normal. We are lucky in that our 2020-2021 season was good.



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