19 600 farmers have so far received adequate inputs

In Matabeleland North 200 hectares of maize have been planted as officials in the province said farmers were relying on More Food for Africa Brazil tractors and some were having challenges as they had to pay upfront before they could use the tillage facilities.

In Midlands, farmers with irrigation facilities have started planting while in Manicaland planting of the irrigated crop started a fortnight ago.

Government has committed 400 000 hectares to be put under maize and expected to produce about two million tonnes for national food security.

The import substitution maize production programme targets both A1 and A2 farmers as well as Government institutional farms, particularly those near water bodies. Farmers will be provided with seed, herbicides and fertilisers among other inputs. Command Agriculture is soon expected to include livestock production.