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January 21st, 2019 / The Chronicle, Zimbabwe

SEED companies and donors should educate farmers on seed varieties to ensure they grow the right crop suitable for their respective farming regions, an expert has said.

In an interview, Federation of Farmers’ Unions (FFU) president Mr Wonder Chabikwa said the majority of farmers were not formally trained at agriculture training institutions hence they need to supplement their common knowledge about farming.

“Most farmers in Zimbabwe are passionate people in rural areas or on plots who did not go through formal training at agriculture training institutions so you cannot expect them to know about seed variations and rainfall patterns.

“We, therefore, urge seed companies and donors to train farmers not just donating or selling them seeds,” he said. Read more