By Josephine Mugiyo
Villagers from Gutu Central who are into garlic production are set to benefit from a partnership with ZimTrade and local seed houses which will see their products being exported.
For the past three years, villagers in Gutu central constituency have been taking part in a garlic growing project through an initiative led by area legislator, Honourable Winston Chitando.
With some households having earned over 6 000 United States dollars this year, the next stage is to explore the foreign market through increased production.
“Next year we are looking at putting in 15 tonnes worth of seed. If you look at an average production of 7 tonnes per hectarage we are looking at getting 80 tonnes. We are also looking at getting into partnership with Seedco so that we utilise over 150 000 hectares. We are also looking at chilli production. This is part of the horticulture program that was launched by his Excellency President Emmerson Mnangagwa,” said Honourable Winston Chitando.
The villagers who have also ventured into chilli production are upbeat about future prospects given the way their lives have changed for the better through the project.
Creation of viable rural economies is among government programmes to ensure communities move away from relying on donors and government aid during times of drought.
Meanwhile, Agritex extension workers were honoured for their excellent working relationship with villagers in the constituency.