|Govt applauds seed industry|
|Friday, 03 August 2012 00:00|
GOVERNMENT has applauded the seed industry for supporting its various input schemes over the years.
Officiating at the recent Pioneer Hi Breed farmer awards, Secretary for Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Mr Ngoni Masoka, said the seed industry has continued supplying improved crop varieties to farmers to ensure successful agricultural seasons.
“Despite challenges being faced, the seed industry continues to soldier on and currently the companies are producing in excess of the national requirements,” said Mr Masoka.
“The seed industry as a whole has continued to be innovative in producing new varieties that are adaptive to different regions in the country and the adverse effects of climate change.
“Pioneer has also sought partnerships with other stakeholders through venturing into commercial grain contract farming as a way of stimulating productivity.”
Mr Masoka said Pioneer has been developing new varieties, which have performed well across the country.
The acceptance of the varieties, he said, was a testimony of the high yielding quality, which enhances agricultural production and productivity.
He encouraged farmers to make correct decisions in hybrid choice, correct cultural practices and making sound management practices.
Speaking at the same function Pioneer managing director Mr Daniel Myers said the company was aiming at improving agricultural productivity.
“To boost agricultural production and productivity, Pioneer, apart from introducing contract farming, is rewarding exemplary performance.
“This is done through provision of agricultural inputs and improving the mobility of the extension worker who is an integral part of the farmer improvement process.
Mr Myers said the farmer awards would keep on growing and improving each year.
Winning farmers got tonnes of seed and fertilisers with national winners being rewarded by holidays.
Ten outstanding provincial Agritex extension officers were given motorbikes to improve farm visits.