Horticultural sector set for growth

By ZBC Reporter
GOVERNMENT and the European Union (EU) are implementing a technical assistance programme in the country’s horticultural sector in a move expected to enhance agricultural productivity.
The local horticulture sector is poised for growth following the implementation of a technical assistance programme by the European Union (EU) in collaboration with the Department of Research and Specialist Services in the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement.
A workshop held in Harare this Wednesday saw stakeholders discussing priority activities and action plans to enable compliance with the European Union and phytosanitary regulations.
The Deputy Director of Plant and Quarantine and Plant Services Institute,Shingirayi Nyamutukwa highlighted some of the key action plans towards enhanced productivity in the horticultural sector.
A farmer, Columbus Nyamande says the workshop has benefitted farmers in many ways.
“The workshop has helped us as farmers as it has highlighted some crucial concerns that are affecting agricultural productivity and also came out with resolutions that will help our produce to be attractive on the international market,” said Nyamande.
A consultant, Dominic Mubvuta highlighted challenges affecting the public and the private horticultural sector.
“Horticultural science can respond to many of these challenges through research and innovation that can seek to gain more efficient methods of crop production, refined post-harvest storage and handling methods, demonstration of health benefits, and latest methods of knowledge dissemination,” said Mubvuta.
The programme will also enable small-holder farmers and small to medium enterprises access domestic and international markets.