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Government commits to supporting thriving farming projects

Story by Tamuka Charakupa

Government has reaffirmed its support towards thriving agricultural projects in rural communities under the Rural Development 8.0 model aimed at eradicating poverty.

A 50-year-old poultry farmer, Samson Mangani, who is running a commercial poultry project at his plot in Chakuma village of Makoni, Manicaland Province, has become a symbol of rural farming excellence.

Rearing over 10 000 layers and harvesting around 4 800 eggs per day, Mangani is spearheading rural industrialisation, employing over 15 people.

“We continue to embrace the call and opportunities being availed by government in the agricultural sector. Personally, I have never been formally employed, but through working with my own hands, I have managed to employ sixteen workers. The farm has also become a learning centre for the community since we provide them with knowledge,” Mangani said.

The farm has since become a symbol of farming excellence for the local Chakuma community.

“I have been an employee at the farms for over 10 years. As a community, we have learnt a lot from this project especially skills such that we are now capacitated to embark on own projects,” an employee told the ZBC News.

Another said, “As young people, we are taking this project as a learning platform. I now know and possess adequate knowledge on how to do poultry production ranging from feeding, vaccination and handling.”

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Fisheries and Rural Development, Professor Obert Jiri is impressed by the project which he described as a befitting model of rural development.

“This is what we commend as the government to see a thriving poultry farming business which produces in excess of 4 800 eggs per day. This is a model which fits perfectly in our Rural Development 8.0 model with a potential to push rural industrialisation and create employment,” he said.

Professor Jiri also took the opportunity to encourage farmers to plant this week amid projections of short and lean summer cropping season.

He added, “We are expecting rains throughout this week and farmers should heed our calls to plant since we are expecting a short sharp season. We had temporarily suspended planting as a result of the prolonged dry spell. Our farmers should plant medium maturity varieties. The rains are a blessing to those who did conservation farming which government is promoting under the Pfumvudza Scheme.”

Government has implemented various support initiatives including the Pfumvudza/ Intwasa inputs scheme aimed at ensuring agricultural productivity.

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