By ZBC Reporter
THE Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (ARDA) is set to expand technical support to communities in the arid Chipinge South region as part of efforts to ensure food security.
The Authority is intensifying efforts to increase production in Chipinge South after pledging to train farmers on sustainable farming methods in the dry region.
Speaking to ZBC News ARDA Board Chairperson Ivan Craig said the move comes at a time when irrigation schemes in the area have been offered 10 percent of ARDA’s developed land through Green Fuel Investments.
We are making strides as far as our community relations are concerned. We are offering 10 percent of our developed land to the community and now we have plans to offer free training and technical support to all local communities so that they get the best out of their land portions, he said.
Green Fuel Managing Director, Mr Conrad Rautenbach revealed plans to further develop land for the benefit of the local community.
So far we have dedicated 10% of our land to the local community. We have plans to further this offer through availing technical support and inputs if available so that we co-exist with the local community in driving sustainable development, he noted.
Chipinge South legislator Honourable Enock Porusingazi is satisfied with ARDA’s efforts in promoting agricultural related development in the area.
This is a very hot and dry area so we really welcome any developments that improves and promote agricultural activities in the area, he said.
Government recently gave new impetus to ARDA through the appointment of a new board and management as part of efforts to turnaround the entity.