AROUND 2,3 million vulnerable households in the communal, A1, small-scale commercial farming and old resettlement sectors are set to benefit and produce cereals, oilseeds and legumes in the forthcoming summer cropping season through the Climate-proofed Presidential Inputs Scheme popularly known as Pfumvudza/Intwasa.
Pfumvudza is a concept that promotes climate proofing of agriculture by adopting conservation farming methods while utilising small pieces of land using the correct agronomic practices for higher yields.
Small-holder agriculture will also be commercialised under the concept, which will be applied to maize, traditional grains and soya bean.
Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Resettlement Minister Dr Anxious Masuka said about 1,5 million households are expected to put 280 000 hectares of maize under Pfumvudza to produce 1,4 million tonnes of the crop while 540 000 households were targeted to put 103 680 hectares under sorghum to produce 487 296 tonnes.
For soya bean, Government is targeting 560 000 households to plant 20 000 hectares and produce 30 000 tonnes while 500 000 households are expected to plant 32 000 hectares of groundnuts and produce 32 000 tonnes.
About 260 000 households are expected to put 49 920 hectares under pearl millet and produce 124 800 tonnes.