Government to strengthen climate-proof agric systems

By Davison Vandira

CABINET has approved the first round of the Crop and Livestock Assessment for the summer cropping season, with an undertaking to upscale climate-proofing mechanisms to safeguard livelihoods.

In a post-cabinet media briefing this Tuesday, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa revealed that government will ensure all farmers are given the necessary support.

“Going forward, the following measures have been put in place to mitigate the effects of climate change and guarantee household food self-sufficiency: ensuring that crops grown and livestock raised in an agro-ecological region will be determined by STET agro-ecological requirements therein; accelerating climate-proofing strategies for smallholder farmers, for example, Pfumvudza/ Intwasa programme to have mandatory pre-conditions of training, holing out and mulching among other strategies; accelerating irrigation development targeting 50 000 hectares per year for A2 farmers, and ARDA will become a food, feed, fibre, biofuels and seed security agent for the nation; building resilience by extending the Zunde raMambo/Isiphala seNkosi concept to include village heads and headmen; and
upgrading the Presidential Tick Grease Programme and intensifying the Dip Tank Rehabilitation Programme,” she said.

“This is in line with the Second Republic’s mantra of “Leaving no-one and no place behind.”

The nation was also updated on the ongoing 2022 winter cereal production, where the target is 75 000 hectares.

“The nation is being informed that a total of 75 000 hectares has been targeted for wheat production during the 2022 winter cereal production season, compared to the 66 435 hectares planted in 2021. The hectarage which will be sponsored by CBZ Agro-Yield, AFC Land Bank and private sector contribution will bring the total estimated production to 383 500 metric tonnes, against a national requirement of 360 000 metric tonnes, thereby ensuring that the country meets its domestic consumption needs.”

Meanwhile, as part of the Second Republic’s engagement and re-engagement drive, President Emmerson Mnangagwa is in Kenya for the Zimbabwe-Kenya Joint Permanent Commission.

“The nation is informed the His Excellency the President, Cde Dr E.D. Mnangagwa is visiting Kenya to attend the Zimbabwe-Kenya Joint Permanent Commission on Cooperation. The M
Meeting is scheduled to run from 8 to 10 March 2022, as part of the Second Republic’s engagement and re-engagement drive,” noted the Minister.

Cabinet also noted with satisfaction the removal of Zimbabwe from the Financial Action Task Force’s grey list, which presents evidence of the international community’s confidence in the Second Republic’s policies.