Government on investment in agriculture

By Tichaona Kurewa

GOVERNMENT and its development partners are meeting in Victoria Falls to find ways of attracting more investment in the agriculture sector at provincial level in line with vision 2030.

Agriculture remains the country’s second largest foreign currency earner after the mining sector with key exports from the sector including tobacco, sugar, cotton and horticulture produce. 

Speaking on the sidelines of a Hand-in-Hand (HIH) Zimbabwe – Executive Round Table Meeting, Provincial Affairs and Devolution Ministers highlighted that the initiative is noble as it allows agricultural investment at local level.

“We have lots of water bodies in Masvingo which require investment in irrigation, this will ensure that the province produces enough food for its consumption and export,” said Masvingo Provincial Affairs and Devolution Minister, Hon Ezra Chadzamira.

Food and Agriculture Organisation Representative Patrice Talla highlighted that the meeting seeks to find ways to scale up investment in the agriculture sector.

“The objectives of this round table are to present the initial results from the analytical process, including the economic and agronomic potential of the identified micro-regions; present the investment opportunities in the identified micro-regions; secure stakeholder buy-in regarding the investment priorities and foster partnerships for HIH programme implementation,” he said.

The HIH initiative is meant to eradicate poverty, hunger and all forms of malnutrition, while reducing inequalities by accelerating agricultural transformation and sustainable rural development.