Farmers urged to take advantage of Agricultural Shows

By ZBC Reporter
Farmers have been urged to take full advantage of the transformation of agricultural shows from being display places to agriculture support and growth platforms.
Following the death of the award-winning farmer, Michael Matingo who scooped the 2019 Zimbabwe Agricultural Show Award under the crop produce section, the Zimbabwe Agriculture Society (ZAS) and its partners set up a training hub at his homestead.
ZAS Chief Executive Officer, Dr Anxious Masuka took the opportunity to urge farmers to participate in agricultural shows in order to tap into his organisation’s various offerings to support and empower farmers.
“There is a need for more farmers to participate in agricultural shows as they provide an opportunity for others to learn. That is the reason why we are conducting farmer field school for three years for winners. The initiative is aimed at promoting national food security,” said Dr Masuka.
ZAS announced three-year agriculture support for the Matingo family, gave the family a maize sheller, inputs and a motorbike as part of the prize for being the one of best farmer in 2019, amid a new thrust by ZAS to empower farming communities and rewarding outstanding farmers.
“It’s painful to hold this event without the winner. We are happy that Mrs Matingo continued with the work left by her husband to promote food security” said Ivan Craig, ZAS Agriculture produce Chairperson
“Farmers should fully participate in agriculture shows to reap such benefits as is the case with the late Matingo. The main price being handed over is the full support of the production of the family crop of choice for three years with the fields being turned into a training hub for the local community. We hope by the end of three years the family and the local community will have benefitted from the training hub.”
Wife to the late farmer, Evelyn Matingo commended ZAS for the support while various stakeholders assured their support towards activities of farmers under the training hub initiative.
“We are happy for the assistance being offered by the Zimbabwe Show Society. Even though tragedy struck following the sudden death of my husband I find solace in the magnitude of support. The platforms set by ZAS will provide an opportunity for us to support farmers,” she said.
Agricultural shows are held annually in all the country’s provinces, providing a platform for farmers to showcase their produce, network, learn and inspire each other for increased and quality production.