COVID-19: Food security under spotlight

By ZBC Reporter

ZIMBABWE is set to assess efforts towards mitigating the effects of Covid-19 on food security through a virtual meeting involving government, the private sector, bankers and farmers.

This comes during preparations for the 2020/ 2021 summer cropping season when the ability of the farmers to meet national food requirements even in the presence of such a pandemic is now under the spotlight.

Zimbabwe Agricultural Society Chief Executive Officer Dr Anxious Masuka says the “forthcoming annual national agribusiness conference will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to focus on mitigating the effects of Covid-19 on food security.”

While the country is reeling under the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, Dr Masuka says “we are really not happy about the current situation whereby development is now being stalled due to the Covid-19 but we remain optimistic of meeting our set targets.”

The assessment is also expected to consider current tillage services, seed supply situation, fertiliser availability, agrochemicals, financing systems, markets and farmers’ perspectives.

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