Farmers contracted under the Government's specialised import substitute maize (Command Agriculture) have started planting with others intensifying land preparations.
A survey of provinces has shown that all the farmers who have planted have irrigation facilities, while dryland farmers were either collecting inputs or finalising land preparations.
Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister Dr Joseph Made, confirmed that farmers had started planting.
"Most farmers have finished harvesting wheat and intensification of planting of maize is underway. We are also anticipating rains so even those under dryland can start planting. There is general progress and most farmers who had wheat have since cleared their fields," he said.