Tobacco landings for 2012-2013 season began with the commercial farmers in Manicaland already having planted more than 200 ha of irrigated crops regardless of the risk to crop chronic power outages.
Manicaland focused on 15,000 ha compared with 12,000 ha planted last year, which shows that the 2012/13 season a surge in the number of farmers growing tobacco as farmers await the return of their investments after a huge branch obtained in the cultures at the auction floors in this year.
Golden Leaf rake over half a billion dollars from 140 million pounds, which has been sold.
Check messages in Manica Makoni district, which is the capital of the province of tobacco agriculture, found that more than 90 ha of irrigated crops have been planted, and this figure is expected to double by next week, more farmers to follow suit.
In Mutare district, at least 80 ha were planted on Tuesday, while a small proportion was planted in part Mutasa. Small farmers in these areas have been busy watering and maintaining their tobacco seedlings ready for planting land mid-October.
Manicaland Agritex head Godfrey Mamhare, confirmed early season planting tobacco and encouraged commercial farmers to plant according to their irrigation and management capacity. He said preparations were going well, and appealed to the mains, Zesa relieve farmers to avoid malnutrition, which is crucial for irrigated tobacco.
Tobacco farmers face a number of challenges in the previous seasons, from the first failure of the term in September due to power outages.
“So far, 90 ha of irrigated tobacco have been planted in Makoni district and 80 hectares were planted near Mutare., We expect that farmers in other parts of the province to do the same and by the standards it was a serious beginning to the end of the week can hecterage three times or four times, because the cultivated area increases by the hour, “said Mr. Mamhare.
Mr. Mamhare also encouraged small farmers across the province in order to properly manage their kennels, so they will be ready for planting in mid-October.
Mr. Mamhare added. “There is an increase in the number of farmers registered in the tobacco plant in Manicaland We expect up to 15,000 hectares this season,” said Mr. Mamhare.
He also encouraged farmers to buy tobacco seeds before the end of the sale on September 15 deadline.
Zimbabwe Tobacco Seed Association chairman, Mr David Guy Mutasa, of Matambura Farm in Makoni was planted on Tuesday 20 hectares of irrigated tobacco.
In an interview, Mr. Mutasa said he was aiming 25 hectares of irrigated tobacco crop.
“I planted 19.5 hectares, and I am targeting 25 hectares. Several farmers in A2 also began landing. Problem was power outages.
“We are still facing power cuts, which makes it hard to think of the correct schedule irrigation in the absence of the center of rotation,” said Mr. Mutasa.
It also found that some commercial farmers in Manicaland taken seriously training ground, having failed to win on September 1 planting date.
“You will also discover that some farmers have had their planting is delayed, and the crop can be two to three weeks because their seeds behind the bed affected by the recent cold spell. They are behind schedule,” said Mr. Mutasa.
Another tobacco farmers, Mr Denford Mutwiwa, of Mutwiwa Farm were on Wednesday planted 12 hectares. He said that on diesel to power its irrigation because of a power outage.
“In the next two weeks, I’m targeting to plant 53ha of irrigated crops and 40 hectares of dry land crop. The problem was electricity, which is a known national problem, and we managing through the use of diesel to power our irrigation. This was the case with previous season, and we’ll pull through, “said Mr. Mutwiwa.