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Extension officers key to food security, Professor Jiri

Story by Providence Maraneli

THE Government has moved a gear up in capacitating agriculture extension officers, with 400 mobile internet devices being handed over to the food security foot soldiers in Gwanda this Wednesday.

The government is leaving no stone unturned in its quest to have a seamless coordination of food security issues in the face of Elnino-induced drought during the summer cropping season.

One such strategy is the handover of tablets to extension officers to facilitate smooth management of the Pfumvudza/Intwasa Programme.

“We were having challenges coordinating Pfumvudza programmes, sometimes the physical documents get lost but tablets will help and this will help us in report writing and E-monitoring of activities,” said a beneficiary of the programme.

The government is on a massive drive to establish at least nine million Pfumvudza/Intwasa plots across the entire country.

“We need to get this season right, once have three plots at each household in all the 35 000 villages then we will be food secure. We are giving you these tablets to enhance your management of farmers. We have no option but to get this season right. We have to hold farmers’ hands and drag them out of food insecurity. We have no option,” said the Permanent Secretary, Ministry Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development, Professor Obert Jiri.

Preparations for the summer cropping season are at an advanced stage, with the Grain Marketing Board revealing that over five thousand inputs have been distributed countrywide.

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