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Title: Effects of different types of housing on goat productivity in Mbizingwe village, Umzingwane.
Authors: Dube, Jemethious, E.
Keywords: Agro-dealers
Agricultural input scheme
Food security
Issue Date: Jun-2014
Publisher: Lupane State University
Abstract: The study sought to evaluate the impact of an agricultural input scheme on crop production in Lupane District. The key aspect of the programme was to strengthen the existing farmer input support programmes so as to achieve food security at household and national level. The study sought to ascertain the role of agro-dealers in timely inputs provision, verify impact of farm implements in crop production, establish the benefits of providing technical support and training to farmers on crop productivity. The study was carried out in Lupane District, Matabeleland North Province where eight wards that included Dongamuzi, Mzola East, Sibombo, Lusulu, Ndimimbili, Sobendle, Tshongokwe and Menyezwa were chosen for the study because they received crop input vouchers in 2012/13 season. The study was carried out from August 2013 to May 2014. A sample of 208 crop recipients out of a population of 3000 beneficiaries was selected. The survey revealed that the input voucher program was very successful. Most beneficiaries bought farming equipments, cereal seeds, fertilizers, livestock drugs and plough parts. Farmer training were key in improving crop productivity. It has been further noted that farmers in the area were faced with a number of challenges which influenced crop productivity. Notable challenges included shortage of cropping inputs, poor access to quality seeds plus untimely provision of inputs resulting in poor yields. Free provision of farming inputs without packaging inputs with the requisite technical training for effective use, results in poor input usage. Lack of ideal farming equipment has detrimental effects on crop production hence late planting and poor yields. The input voucher programme earmarked at addressing food security issues within the district.
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