By Davison Vandira
GOVERNMENT is giving priority to partnerships that help in the implementation of the country’s Agriculture and Food Systems Transformation Strategy which seeks to promote increased production through innovation.
The government is not going back on restoring Zimbabwe’s status as the breadbasket of Southern Africa with indigenous players being given the opportunity to take a leading role now that the economy has been opened up for its rightful owners after the attainment of independence.
This Thursday, the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Resettlement signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a local seed manufacturing giant, Syngenta, which will see extension workers and farmers being trained on new farming technologies.
“We are very grateful as a ministry when we have private companies coming to partner Government in shaping the agricultural Transformation agenda for Zimbabwe,” he said.
Syngenta representative Mr Qa Khumalo explained that providing technical support and training to extension officers is a necessary condition for excellence through Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) which brings sustainability.
“This is in support of government’s vision 2030 as well as to open up agriculture employment opportunities through increasing yield that will support related and unrelated sectors of the economy,” he said.
The synergies between government and indigenous players in the agriculture sector are a great milestone as the country celebrates its 41st independence anniversary this month.
The seed manufacturing business was a preserve for the minority, hence the government’s deliberate move to empower local firms and promote innovation.
With the country’s 41st independence theme focusing on the need to grow the national economy for a prosperous, resilient and inclusive society, partnerships in the agricultural sector are important in the realisation of food security and economic development.