GUTU- The Agritex Department in Gutu has trained a total of 137 Agricultural Extension Officers on conservation farming which is popularly known as Pfumvudza.
District Agritex Officer, Simon Kuredzera confirmed the programme to The Mirror and said that the officers went through workshops that started in June 2021.
The workshops were held at Gutu Agritex offices and Chartsworth Business Centre. The workshops went for a day each, said Kuredzera.
He said Pfumbudza as a method of farming has become important because of climate change.
“The objective of pfumbudza is to offer farmers a climate change adaptation strategy that can enable them to improve their agriculture despite the negative effects of climate change,” said Maredza.
“The training was meant to provide the Agricultural Officers a step by step practical guide that is easy to understand and usable to practically implement conversation farming. The workshops incorporate practical experience and lessons that the Agricultural Officers observe and draw from the field,” he said
Conservation farming demands better management than conventional farming. It needs precision, timelines and standards. Marking out of planting basins, digging, timeliness of fertilizer application and record keeping requires interest and good management.