By Tichaona Kurewa
Government and its development partners are meeting in Victoria Falls to find ways of attracting more investment and partnerships in the agriculture sector at provincial level in line with vision 2030.
Agriculture remains the country’s second largest foreign currency earner after the mining sector with key exports from the sector including tobacco, sugar, cotton and horticulture produce.
Speaking on the sidelines of a Hand-in-Hand (HIH) Zimbabwe – Executive Round Table Meeting, Provincial Affairs and Devolution ministers highlighted that the initiative is noble as it allows agricultural investment at local level.
“We have lots of water bodies in Masvingo which require investment in irrigation. This will ensure that the province produces enough food for its consumption and export,” said Honourable Ezra Chadzamira, Masvingo Provincial Affairs and Devolution Minister.
“We have a lot of investment opportunities in Mashonaland East. With increased investment we can do better,” noted Mashonaland East Provincial Affairs and Devolution Minister, Hon. Aplonia Munzverengwi.
Provincial Affairs and Devolution Minister for Midlands, Hon. Larry Mavhima noted, “Midlands can produce more food and we want investment to produce more and sell to areas such as Victoria Falls as was the case before.”
Food and Agriculture Organisation representative Patrice Talla highlighted that the meeting seeks to find ways to scale up investment in the agriculture sector.
“The objectives of this roundtable are to present the initial results from the analytical process, including the economic and agronomic potential of the identified micro-regions; present the investment opportunities in the identified micro-regions; secure stakeholder buy-in regarding the investment priorities and foster partnerships for HIH programme implementation,” Talla said.
The HIH initiative is meant to eradicate poverty, hunger and all forms of malnutrition, while reducing inequalities by accelerating agricultural transformation and sustainable rural development.