Seed houses are targeting to produce at least 52 100 tonnes of seed maize this year up from 52 052 last year, an official has said.
He added: "The Government should introduce seed harmonisation and all the land that is lying idle should be utilised so as to further increase output."
Mr Chigodora, however, said production might decline in the long run if necessary measures are not put in place. This, he said, entailed the crafting of a clear agriculture policy which can turn idle land to productive.
Currently 1 655 300 hectares of maize seed has been planted.
In order to incentivise farmers to produce maize, Government last week gazetted a statutory instrument compelling buyers to procure grain at a price pegged by the Minister of Agriculture, Mechanization and
Under SI (122) of 2014,
For instance, with production cost estimated at
In addition, buyers are also arguing that
While production costs for both crops are relatively lower in these countries compared with costs incurred by local farmers, the buyers insist that does not justify the
The traders argue that
It will also result in a 15 percent reduction in sorghum volume and a
Low demand would slow capex investment that would have stimulated the economy. Lager prices would also increase by 3 percent and this may result in 6 percent reduction in lager volumes while VAT, excise and corporate tax will fall by
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