Govt avails more programmes to boost agric production

By Tendai Munengwa

THE Second Republic’s Agriculture Food Transformation Strategy has set a strong foundation for massive rural development, food security and economic revolution in line with Vision 2030.

The Second Republic has witnessed the launch of several agriculture recovery and growth plans, with President Emmerson Mnangagwa the architect of rural development and economic transformation.

This Wednesday saw Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development Minister Dr Anxious Masuka briefing the media on progress made so far towards empowering farmers and revitalising production on farms.

“I am happy to let you know that since the Food Agriculture Transformation Launch by his Excellency President Mnangagwa, the agriculture terrain has totally changed with farmers benefitting under several initiatives like the Pfumvudza/Intwasa, Command Agriculture among others. The country has managed to achieve food security and production levels of many crops are going up. So we are taking what the President said that agriculture is the epicenter of national development,” he said.

Dr Masuka also said progress has been made towards revamping the 12 parastatals under his purview, with set targets being achieved to deal with climate change.

“Dams are being constructed, tractors are being imported, irrigation development is now a priority to ensure that production is done throughout the year and food security is achieved in the face of climate change,” he added.

Some of the key achievements include the Pfumvudza/Intwasa Programme which contributed 40 percent of grain reserves in 2020, construction of several dams and irrigation development which have boosted wheat production from 45 000 tones in previous years to 240 000 last year.