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Zim looking forward to supporting regional food security, says President

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PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa says Zimbabwe is looking forward to supporting regional food security and development once the country achieves household food security as well as community and national security levels.

He said this during the Korea-Africa summit underway in Seoul, South Korea.

President Mnangagwa further highlighted that in today’s interconnected world, Africa needs collaboration and synergies to address global challenges such as climate change.

“I am pleased to be part of this discussion on Agriculture
Productivity and Regional Development, which is being held against the backdrop of the increased centrality of food security and sovereignty to
socio- economic growth and sustainable development.

“Due to our comprehensive Agriculture Food Systems and Rural Transformation Strategy, agriculture
and agriculture-based value chains contribute about 24% to GDP.

“To date, Zimbabwe continues experience unprecedeated
increases in agriculture production and productivity throughout all categories of agriculture sub-secttors.

“This has been as a result of my government’s investments in modern farming techniques, increased access to quality seeds and fertilizers for our farmers, as well as the conservation agriculture Pfumvudza/lntwasa Model.

“Additionally, water availability and
irrigation development, mechanization, and enhanced availability of
tillage services, all supported by the requisite research and extension services, have seen the empowerment of Zimbabwean farmers,” he said.

The President said the partnership between Africa and Korea presents a unique opportunity to exchange knowledge, expertise, and technology in the field of agriculture.

The President noted that enhancing agriculture productivity requires prioritisation of building resilient agriculture and food systems that can withstand climate change and natural disasters.

President Mnangagwa added that Korea’s advancement in agricultural innovation can complement Africa’s rich agricultural heritage, leading to mutual benefits for both regions.

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