By ZBC Reporter
ZIMBABWE’s Agricultural Recovery Plan is well on course with notable successes being recorded under its different turn around initiatives.
With the country’s agricultural sector continuing to surpass its targets under the Agricultural Growth and Recovery Plan, the strides made have not skipped President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s attention.
President Mnangagwa made the remarks this Friday at the launch of the Marondera University of Agricultural Science and Technology Innovation and Agro Industrial hub and the MUAST Muchekeranwa Outgrower scheme both programs which are set to change agricultural production in the Province.
“I am very much impressed by the commitment shown by the team at the Ministry of Agriculture led by Dr Masuka which is working tirelessly to ensure our agriculture succeeds as we go towards household food security,” he said.
The Province has already started preparations for the 2022, 2023 summer cropping season with the aim to sustainably increase crop production and productivity to surpass the provincial requirements for both human consumption and industrial use.
“We have set ourselves a target that will surpass our previous targets as we want to increase productivity .We also want to increase area that will be under irrigation,” said Leonard Munamati the Provincial Agritex officer.
The province has set a target of 220 000 hectares under maize, 23000ha for tobacco and 15 000 for cotton which will be grown under different models which include Climate proofed Presidential Input scheme, National enhanced Agricultural productivity scheme, private sector and self-financed.
President Mnangagwa also said industrial parks should provide a platform for researchers to excel in bringing smart Agriculture to Zimbabwean farmers.