By Tamuka Charakupa
The Government says it is working on promoting small scale irrigation schemes across the country to achieve national food security.
The Minister the Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement, Dr Anxious Masuka accompanied by several parastatals under his ministry and development partners toured various irrigation schemes in Chimanimani and Buhera this Thursday to assess farmers needs and identify ways of boosting production through capacity building.
“As you might be aware the government is enhancing economic growth through improved farming methods and advancing agricultural productivity. This is part of my familiarisation tour to irrigation schemes so that we identify ways to capacitate our farmers and ensure that they realise the full value of their schemes,” said Dr Masuka.
Dr Masuka added that the government is rolling out intensive training and technical support for rural farmers to ensure food security and sustainability.
“Some of the irrigation schemes have the potential to be training centres where we are aiming to channel resources so that farmers produce more than they are doing now.”
Grain Marketing Board Chief Executive Officer, Mr Rockie Mutenha urged farmers to utilise the national granary for marketing purposes.
“As a government department, our wish is to see our farmers working with the national granary so that our farmers are not ripped off by informal traders.”
Government is working on revitalising agricultural production throughout the country as one of the pillars of attaining an upper-middle-income economy by 2030.