Bulawayo Metropolitan Province begins Pfumvudza/Intwasa input distribution

By Vanessa Sithole

Intwasa/Pfumvudza presidential inputs distribution commenced in Bulawayo Metropolitan province on Monday .

Government with the aid of His Excellency President Emerson Mnangagwa adopted the concept during the 2020 -2021 farming season as a way of climate proofing agriculture and applying the correct agronomic practices for higher returns.

Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution , Hon Judith Ncube , launched the distribution program in North End , where she said the scheme targeted to increase food security in urban areas.

“Pfumvudza / Intwasa promotes urban agriculture to increase crop and livestock production to enhance food security and socio economic development. The Ministry of Land, Agriculture ,Fisheries ,Water and Rural Development has developed agricultural and food system transformational strategy that will turn around the economy and achieve food and nutrition security.

The urban population is experiencing a rapid population growth and it is fundamental to intensify food security through the implementation of sustainable techniques ” , said Hon. Ncube

Meanwhile Ntombiyezwe Moyo an urban farmer applauded the government for assisting the youth in particular with opportunities to venture into the agriculture sector through distribution of farming inputs.

“Mina lahpha engikhona senhithole inhlanyelo .Thina siyabonga ngoba intanga enengi khathesi ko Bulawayo ayisebenzi ngoba akula misebenzi kodwa ngohlelo lolu lokulima sibona kuyinto ephathisa kakhulu ukuthi sigcine imuli zethu ngoba siyintanga elabantwana”.

Others however had mixed feelings over the selection process to qualify for the distribution process that was conducted by Agritex officials.

Just Phiri expressed his disappointment saying that they were promised farming inputs and alleged that officials from Agritex had already made a list of their own.

“Lokhe sibona kubizwa abanye abantu asikwazi lokuthi kuhamba njani. Kukhanya vele ukuthi amabizo ebevele esebhaliwe lama tikiti akhona besingazange siwabone siwabonela khonapha”.

Another who spoke on condition of anonymity said those who appeared on the register assisted with the digging of farming holes last week for the Pfumvudza/Intwasa program.

“We have the youth who have been here since Monday last week digging all these holes. What happened to the actual list with all those youths who were working hard here? Why is it that only 3 people out of all of them received seeds?”

In the last farming season Bulawayo province harvested 5 000 tonnes of grain supplied to the Grain Marketing Board(GMB) while more than 1.1 million households across the country received inputs under government’s Pfumvudza/Intwasa program.

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