By ZBC Reporter
THE Government this Thursday pledged to continue supporting small scale dairy farmers to boost milk production in the country as it handed over equipment in Mashonaland East.
Speaking during the handover ceremony for equipment to Watershed Dairy Association in Wedza, Mashonaland East Minister of State, honourable Apolonia Munzverengwi assured stakeholders of the government’s will to render maximum support to milk-producing districts like Wedza.
“There is no reason why a country like Zimbabwe which has milk-producing districts like Wedza should import milk which is costing the nation a lot of foreign currency so we need to support small scale dairy farmers,” said Minister Munzverengwi.
Deputy Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement, Honourable Vangelis Haritatos commended farmers for their efforts in boosting milk production.
“As a country lets all support dairy farmers they are doing a lot to contribute to the country’s milk production, we are currently using 28 million to import milk annually which can be saved if we produce our milk locally,” said the Deputy Minister.
Watershed Dairy Association chairperson, Givemore Jonga Chirima pledged the Association’s commitment to the initiative of boosting milk production in the country.
“We are committed to contributing to the country’s milk production so we thank all the stakeholders who have supported us,” he said.
The Watershed Dairy Association which has 30 members was started in 2019 with support from prominent Wedza dairy farmers Lovemore and Sheila Mugabe of Magure farm who have been offering their facilities to the association.
The dairy equipment which came through a grant from the European Union, We Effect and Nestle Zimbabwe, includes milking machine, tractor, disc plough, disk harrow and five heifers, while Mashonaland East Lands Committee has offered land to the group.