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Zimbabwe-Korea partnership to revolutionise agriculture sector

Story by Ruvarashe Mariga

South Korea has reaffirmed its commitment to unlock agricultural value with Zimbabwe through collaboration between the Korea Partnership for International Agriculture (KOPIA) and the Scientific and Industrial Research and Development Centre (SIRDC).

Local production of rice and sweet potatoes is heading for exciting times underlined by support from the KOPIA, which has injected at least US$150 000 for projects spearheaded through the SIRDC.

Projections are targeting to implement the project within the next two years before it can be rolled out full scale.

“The project will be implemented from 2026 and we are looking at expanding cooperation within rice production. Already, there are pilot projects to produce sweet potato which we also hope to be expanding going forward,” said SIRDC’s principal investigator, Dr Vimbai Samkange.

KOPIA Head of Africa, Dr Seol Youngjoo stated that the cooperation will strengthen the tone set between the two countries after President Mnangagwa’s visit to South Korea during the Korea-Africa Summit last month.

“President Mnangagwa signed MOUs at the Korea Africa Summit and this will strengthen cooperation on the agricultural area specifically to smallholder farmers.”

This collaboration is expected to drive innovation and growth in the sector and enhance Zimbabwe’s agricultural productivity and resilience, particularly in the face of climate change.

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