Journos urged to continue highlighting the resilience of the Zimbabwean farmer

By ZBC Reporter

Journalists have been challenged to continue highlighting the resilience of the Zimbabwean farmer despite challenges that have come with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking at the 2nd edition of the Zimbabwe Agricultural Media Awards held virtually, Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement Minister, Dr Anxious Masuka commended journalists for their reportage.

“The challenge I would like to throw to the media is to be able to tell the Zimbabwean story in a Zimbabwean way and to use agriculture as a vehicle for economic development and we want to use agriculture reportage as a way to show the resilience of the Zimbabwean farmers in the midst of climate change.”

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Mr Nick Mangwana challenged journalists to explore more areas of interest in the agricultural sector.

“We need more explorative; more research, more exposes when it comes to agricultural issues because the rural population which is agro-based is about 60% of our population.”

Chiredzi-based ZBC reporter Mercy Bofu scooped two awards; the Best Horticulture Reporter and the Sugarcane Best Reporter Award.

“I am very happy to receive these two awards; it doesn’t necessarily mean that I am the best and I would like to dedicate this award to my employers and my colleagues as well as the Lowveld community.”

Fidelity Mhlanga of Alpha Media Holdings scooped the Tobacco Sector Best Reporter Award while Leroy Dzenga of ZTN won the Agricultural Finance and Development Best Reporter Award, with the Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change Best Reporter Award going to Muchaneta Chimuka of Zimpapers.