GUTU – A Mushaviri Resettlement area farmer near Mpandawana Growth Point was adjudged the best wheat farm in Gutu Ward 29 and a field was held at his homestead last Friday where the prize was handed over.
Ezra Mashiri of Ward 29 planted 0.5 hectares of wheat and he expects half a tonne of wheat. The competition which was ward based saw six farmers participating. To qualify for the competitions, farmers had to grow wheat on a minimum of 0,25 hectares.
Other winners were Tendai Chitsa, Antony Mukaro, Wilson Bvakuche and they got farming equipment and chemicals courtesy of Farmer’s Choice.
Mashiri said he was elated to be adjudged the best farmer. He said that he planted the crop in May 2022 and he expects to complete the harvests this month. He has two other people on his plot including his wife Doroth Mashiri who helps him with labour.
The spokesperson for the judges, Paul Rutsvara applauded Mashiri for his hard work. He said in his citation that Mashiri got the prize because he showed punctuality, he used the correct method to apply fertilizer, planted the right seed and the crop was of good quality.
Rutsvara added that Gutu can become one of the country’s biggest producers of wheat because it has a lot of wetlands where the crop can be grown without irrigating.
He urged farmers to plant the crop between March 25 and May 31 for the best yield and to keep records because farming is a business.
Mashiri said he has been inspired by the success to plan a bigger wheat hectarage next year.
Winners walked away with shovels and chemicals courtesy of a donation from Farmer’s Choice. Mashiri got a shovel, 5 plough shares and chemicals.
Some of the winner are Tendai Chitsa, Antony Mukaro and Wilson Bvakuche.