Farmers in Mudzi and Mutoko embrace traditional grains

FARMERS in Mudzi and Mutoko districts have embraced the production of traditional grains to mitigate the effects of climate change, amid a predicted lean summer cropping season.

With climate change having become a reality, farmers in Mudzi and Mutoko have turned to the production of traditional grains to guarantee household food security.

The farmers, who met Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development Dr Anxious Masuka, concur that being in Natural Regions 4 and 5, traditional grains are the best strategy.

"We have embraced small grains as we have realised it’s the way to go in the face of climate change and we thank the government for such an initiative which is set to improve household food security," said farmers who spoke to ZBC News.

Dr Masuka reiterated the need for farmers in dry regions to grow traditional grains. More than 30 000 hectares of traditional grains, which include sorghum and millet, have been planted in Mashonaland East province this season.

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