By Courage Bushe
Government has challenged farmers to utilise opportunities availed by the Second Republic and venture into partnerships that will help develop the country.
Zvishavane’s Gresham Primary School was a hive of activity this Friday, as more than 500 farmers from across the Midlands Province converged at a two-day inaugural Midlands Horticulture Expo which kicked off on Thursday.
The expo which was a platform for the Midlanders to welcome the modern world of horticulture gave farmers an opportunity to meet and interact with key industry players.
Deputy Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development, Honourable Peter Haritatos implored farmers to create and unlock new opportunities for their benefit and the nation at large.
“The value chain players must develop collaborations and relationships alliances and synergies with regional and international players for the benefit of local people and companies. We encourage companies to come up with ideas that impact positively on the people’s lives in line with vision 2030,” he said.
Midlands Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution Senator Larry Mavhima challenged farmers to work round the clock and restore the nation’s bread basket status in the region.
“I challenge our farmers here to work hard and restore our country to its former glory days of being the bread basket of Africa and also’ I want you to work in line with the President’s vision of improving our economy through farming,” noted Mavhima.