By Davison Vandira
THE government continues to strengthen the domestic fertiliser value chain for sustainable agricultural growth to build on the successes of the 2020-2021 cropping season.
With agriculture being the backbone of the country’s economy, the government continues to strengthen this critical sector with focus on improving the fertiliser value chain, a key ingredient for increasing agricultural output.
In line with the provisions of the National Development Strategy One, Vice President General Retired Dr Constantino Chiwenga recently toured the Zimbabwe Fertiliser Company (ZFC) production plant as a follow-up to his visit to phosphate producer Dorowa Mine to fully appreciate the fertiliser industry.
“Agriculture is at the centre stage of transformational agenda of the country as such as government we are therefore putting every effort to make sure that the fertiliser industry is well prepared for the forthcoming summer cropping season,” he said.
Improvement of domestic value chains such as the fertiliser industry will enhance import substitution and free the scarce foreign currency to other critical needs of the country while also creating massive employment opportunities.
“As a ministry we are grateful to the continued strengthening of the fertiliser industry through these import substitution mechanisms that will certainly enhance agricultural output,” said Dr Anxious Masuka, Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Resettlement.
“What we are witnessing today is our specific policy thrust of value addition and beneficiation that comes with it a number of economic spinoff in our developmental agenda,” Dr Sekai Nzenza Minister of Industry and Commerce.
Economic observers are optimistic that with such clear agricultural strategies under the Second Republic, Zimbabwe is on course to reclaim its bread basket status.