Sugarcane harvesting season kicks off

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Chiredzi – The sugarcane harvesting season kicked off in Chiredzi last week and this will run on until December.

The Mkwasine farmers are expecting 90 tonnes per hectare of sugar. Last year an average farmer delivered 60 tonnes per hectare to Tongaat Hullet.

Two farmer associations leaders; Zimbabwe Sugar Development Association (ZSDA) chairman Erisha Tamirepi and Mkwasine Sugarcane Farmers Association Secretary General Andrew Mupungu told The Mirror in interviews there would be a bumper harvest this year.

They attributed the bumper harvest to heavy rains received throughout the country this year. They however, said famers who have poor drainage were going to have poor harvests because of waterlogging.

“The rains were good. Farmers who prepared and planted their crop in time are going to have bumper harvests. We had no water bills for irrigation because the rains were plenty,” said Tamirepi.

“The rains have been good, we thank the almighty. Our cane is good and we are anticipating a bumper harvest,” said Mupungu.

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