First Lady urges Mbare traders to value add products

By ZBC Reporter
THE First Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa has urged farmers and traders operating at the Mbare produce market to value-add their produce to realise maximum nutritional and financial benefits from them.
The First Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa this Thursday toured the Mbare produce market in Harare where she interacted with farmers and traders.
Accompanied by the Minister of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development, Dr sithembiso Nyoni, the Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan Province Senator Oliver Chidau, Harare Town Clerk Engineer Hosiah Chisango and City of Harare officials, the First Lady told farmers and traders to take value-addition seriously and minimise losses.
“As you are aware our rains only fall in one season so it is very important for us to preserve our food so that it does not go to waste, some farmers are throwing away food yet we have children going to bed hungry without a decent meal,” said Amai Mnangagwa.
Minister Chidau and Minister Nyoni challenged the Harare City Council to work on improving the general outlook and working environment at the market.

“Conditions of vendors in Mbare should improve, we are happy that Amai you are here, the Mbare market is the heartbeat of Harare.
“Mbare musika is the major market in Zimbabwe and many come afar to sell their produce. Your being here should start a new era for Mbare,” said traders
The traders welcomed the First Lady’s food preservation suggestions.
“What she said makes a lot of sense, some customers prefer fresh produce while others like dried produce of which if we dry the produce we ensure there are no losses.”
Amai Mnangagwa has been working with the Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development to support women and youths in business.