Farmers urged to embrace small grains
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Speaking at the inaugural Agro-Business, Food and Nutrition Security Conference in Harare last week, Dr Parirenyatwa urged Zimbabweans to embrace small grains instead of focusing on maize production only. He said the approach was critical to ensuring all-round nutrition, especially for women and children. “With the current malnutrition rates in Zimbabwe, it is very important for agriculture stakeholders and financiers to start appreciating the role of crop mixture.
The current statistics of the country’s agriculture funding show that the biggest chunk is going towards tobacco production while the least funded is horticulture which is really sad from a health point of view. “It is now time for us to understand that having a variety of crops, especially our small grains, is very nutritional to the nation at large.
I understand when we talk of food security we all think of maize because it fills the stomach. “However, we need to think of other crops that make our diet balanced.
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