CropLife Zimbabwe is targeting to stamp out counterfeit agrochemicals, a move aimed at enhancing agricultural productivity by ensuring farmers use the right chemicals.
The association, which now has a new leadership following the recent election of Mr Tawanda Mangisi as the chairperson, is however imploring farmers to be on the lookout for fake agrochemicals.
“It’s such a big honour and a big responsibility to be elected chair of Croplife Zimbabwe for the 2021 season. Our aim is to come together and tackle issues of policy, crop chemicals use.
“Also, it is our sole responsibility to ensure farmers use the right chemicals hence the concern that counterfeit chemicals are finding their way to the market through porous borders. We end up having farmers losing their crops and animals because most of these chemicals are toxic.
“We are also calling on farmers across the country to embrace and utilise the recently launched Agriculture Recovery Plan model for agriculture and economic productivity as well as promoting the green movement,” said Mangisi.
Formerly Agricultural Chemical Industry Association (ACIA), Croplife Zimbabwe is a member of CropLife Africa Middle East and CropLife International, and represents businesses that are involved in the agrochemical industry in Zimbabwe.