Brighton Mvumi, a professor in the department of soil science and agricultural engineering at the University of Zimbabwe, has advised farmers on the importance of storing their harvest correctly to prevent pest destruction.
Mvumi, who is also a principal investigator of a research-based project called Supporting small-holder farmers in Southern Africa to better manage climate related risks to crop production and post-harvest handling, said this in an interview on Thursday at Nkhate Irrigation Scheme in Chikwawa during a result presentation.
“The project has been a worthwhile investment in terms of generating new knowledge and raising awareness at farmer’s level and policy level,” he said.
Chitedze Research Station chief agricultural scientist Charles Singano said climate change motivated the project to ensure that through different storage methods, farmers are able to store their harvest securely.
The project, which has Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Food Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (Fanrpan) on board, has provided farmers with ways in which they can store their crops. n