By ZBC Reporter
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has urged farmers to be innovative and adopt new technologies if they are to take farming as a business.
President Mnangagwa was speaking during a field day held at his Precab farm in Sherwood, Kwekwe this Thursday.
The President who is also a successful farmer took time to reveal how the idea of sending his young brother Patrick to learn new farming methods is now bearing fruit.
“I have my young brother who is the manager at this farm. So it happened that he used Google to look for a place where he could learn farming. I then sent him to South Africa and when he came back at first I was sceptical that his methods will work but we are getting better year after year. It is critical for farmers to continue learning and we also learn from experts on how to improve our yields,” said the President.
President Mnangagwa said climate change is real and urged farmers to switch to irrigation if the country is to be food secure.
“We want to deal with hunger once and for all. If we are all dedicated to take farming as a serious business hunger will indeed disappear. We need to counter the effects of climate change and we can only achieve this through adopting irrigation,” he said
Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs, Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri who was standing in for Vice President Retired General Constantino Chiwenga said the government is set to roll out an agriculture recovery plan which will see the country reclaiming its status as the breadbasket of Africa.
“The recovery plan is premised on the following key components; Finacial services sector led commercial contract farming programme, commodity value chain financing model and climate proofed-Presidential input support scheme,” she said.
The government continues to make efforts in transforming the Agriculture sector for the better with farmers expected to benefit from the John Deere and Belarus farm Mechanisation facilities.
By ZBC Reporter