SeedCo in bid to help farmers get correct data

HARARE - Zimbabwe's largest seed producer, SeedCo, yesterday donated two computers to the Meteorological Services Department in an effort to capacitate farmers with reliable weather data.

SeedCo managing director Dennis Zaranyika told stakeholders attending a media luncheon in the capital yesterday that the computers will go a long way in ensuring that farmers are equipped with the correct farming data.

“We are confident that with these computers, the Met Department will be able to issue reliable extreme weather warnings and more accurate long-term forecasts,” he said.

Met Department official Morris Sahanga thanked SeedCo for the donation which he said will be used profitability by the government department.

“We have 65 stations across the country and we are planning to secure computers to ensure that we have online presence for easy interaction with farmers. This donation has come at the right time,” he said.

Agriculture experts said it was of great concern that scientific advances were

being held back by insufficient computing capacity at the Met Department, resulting in farmers losing farming inputs to harsh weather conditions due to lack of knowledge.

This comes at a time when Zimbabwe is expected to experience drought in the 2015/2016 farming season as a result of the strongest El Nino weather phenomenon in decades.

Rains were said to be expected in the first week of December.

SeedCo also donated 100 rubbish bins to the Harare City Council as part of efforts to keep the capital city clean and retain its “Sunshine City” status.

Zaranyika said SeedCo’s aim is to help reduce pollution and minimise depletion of the ozone layer hence the provision of bins.

“I grew up in an era where the city was always clean and I hope with this donation we can keep our environment clean and safe for everyone,” he said.

Zaranyika noted that waste management is everyone’s responsibility and urged other organisations to follow SeedCo’s initiative as a way of contributing towards the goal of making Harare a world-class city by 2020.

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