Word from the Market with AMA
The 2021/2022 farming season has so far taken off on a very bright note for farmers in Zimbabwe. As we progress into the season, farmers are still looking at planting crops such as common bean which is an important crop for Zimbabwean farmers.
Bean growers must have good quality bean seed that is free from diseases and can germinate into a viable crop stand. The presence of seed-borne diseases namely bacteria, viruses and fungi can affect the quality of bean seed and compromise anticipated crop yields. Farmers in Zimbabwe by and large use certified bean seeds and it is generally recognized that good quality certified seeds achieve the required germination. However, it is not all bean growers who use certified seeds stocks. There are cases where communal area farmers and farmers in irrigation schemes use farm retained bean seeds and it is important that such seed is free from seed-borne diseases.https://www.sundaymail.co.zw/dos-and-donts-for-common-bean-planting