Zimbabwe: Mechanisation Needed to Boost Pfumvudza

There is need to mechanise the Pfumvudza concept to increase food production and incomes for rural people, according to 2021 Zimbabwe Rural Livelihood Assessment Report.

Pfumvudza concept is a crop production intensification approach under which farmers ensure the efficient use of resources (inputs and labour) on a small area of land in order to optimise its management.

It has been largely credited for good cereals crop production especially maize yields this year.

It has been successful in helping farmers to produce small grains including sorghum and millet and encourages the rotation of legumes such as beans and cowpeas. The Government plans to extend the concept to other crop such as cotton moving on.

The country is expected to harvest 2,7 million tonnes of maize during the 2020/21 summer cropping season, the highest yield in 20 years, according the Second Round Crop and Livestock Assessment report. The report by Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) said while many rural small scale farmers have embraced the concept, government should now focus on mechanisation.

“The Pfumvudza programme recorded a significant adoption rate of 52 of households practicing it and 56 having been trained within one year of its inception,” said ZimVAC.

ZimVAC is a consortium of Government, development partners, the United Nations, NGOs, technical agencies and the academia.

It was established in 2002 with mandate of promoting a multi-sectorial response to food insecurity and nutrition problems to ensure every Zimbabwean is free from hunger and malnutrition.