Govt focused on making agriculture a thriving business

By Davison Vandira

TRANSFORMATION of the country’s agriculture sector characterised this year’s Zimbabwe Agricultural Show Annual Agribusiness Conference this Wednesday, with the government reiterating its commitment to increasing agricultural output.

The government continues to holistically strengthen and spearhead the country’s agriculture sector through building resilient agriculture value chains to anchor Zimbabwe’s economic development matrix.

Speaking at the conference, Vice President General Retired Dr Constantino Chiwenga said the government has taken an entrepreneurial approach to agriculture where the adoption of new farming technologies will guarantee agribusiness from smallholders to commercial farmers.

“As Government, we are committed to bringing sustainable solutions to bring a revolution to Zimbabwe’s economic matters through agriculture and the 2021 summer cropping season is testimony to this policy thrust,” said VP Chiwenga.

Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development Minister Dr Anxious Masuka noted that Zimbabwe is already on course to attain the eight billion United States dollar agriculture GDP target next year, three years earlier than envisaged.

“Zimbabwe’s agriculture productivity during the 2020 summer cropping season grew by 34 percent signalling an unparalleled growth,” said Dr Anxious Masuka, Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Resettlement.

The government is planning to expand the Presidential Input Scheme during the 2021/22 summer cropping season to cover more than two million households, up from one million last year.

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