Cabinet announces an intensive agricultural production plan

By Davison Vandira

IN line with its robust agriculture transformation strategy, government is activating massive preparations for the summer cropping season, with the country targeting enhanced food self-sufficiency.

In a post-cabinet media briefing in Harare this Tuesday, the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa highlighted that government has come up with an intensive summer cropping season production plan.

“The nation is informed that it is imperative that Zimbabwe achieves perennial food security despite the effects of climate change. Accordingly climate-proofing agriculture at household and commercial levels is going to be accelerated. The Agriculture and Food Systems Transformation Strategy will therefore be reviewed to guarantee maximum productivity, and to appropriately plan for increased production and productivity across all sub-sectors of agriculture,” she said.

The country’s tourism engagement diplomacy is set to be boosted by the Sanganai/ Hlanganani World Tourism Expo set for Bulawayo from the 13th to the 15th of October this year.

“The nation is informed that the country will host the physical 2022 Edition
of Sanganayi/ Hlanganani World Tourism Expo scheduled from 13th to 15thOctober, 2022 at the Zimbabwe International Exhibition Centre (ZITF
Grounds) in Bulawayo. Hosting of the physical event will afford the
destination an opportunity to re-engage with regional and international
tourism partners.

“The physical meetings will create a platform for participants to generate new sales leads that are crucial to the destination’s “Comeback Strategy” following COVID-19 induced lockdowns and travel restrictions that had been imposed in various source markets. The physical showcase will also encourage synergies between local operators who will need to collaborate efforts in line with the new way of doing business.

“In line with the National Tourism Recovery and Growth Strategy, the country will be able to engage with the domestic market. The physical exhibition will draw buyers and media from Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Hosting of the event in Bulawayo will further create the needed economic activity and enhance publicity for the city,” she added.

Cabinet also received various reports on the 100 day cycle projects currently underway nationwide where the focus is on infrastructure development.