Government is now engaging seed and fertiliser producers to ensure input costs are affordable to all farmers while working on enhancing domestic production to support transformation of the agriculture sector.
This was said by Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development Minister Dr Anxious Masuka in response to farmers’ concerns over “unwarranted price increases”, especially for maize seed and fertiliser.
Farmers attending the recent 81st Zimbabwe Farmers Union (ZFU) congress in Gweru last Friday expressed worry thatproducer prices were no longer viable as a result of increases in inputs prices.
Most farmers expressed concern over the increase in maize and fertiliser prices, which they said was eroding the producer prices that had been pegged by Government and other buyers.
The farmers said they were no longer breaking even and were now making losses.
This is happening as planting has started in most parts of the country while many farmers have intensified land preparations and inputs procurement.
ZFU president, Mr Abdul Nyathi said most farmers were not enjoying profits from their proceeds while other players along the value chain were making huge profits from the farmers’ produce.
“We surely need to transform our markets to become more favourable to the farmer, if ever we hope to increase production and productivity. It takes all of us; farmers, Government, private sector players, development partners and academia to innovatively transform our agriculture,’’ he said. *Herald*