Outgrower scheme to benefit Muchekeranwa farmers

By Jerold Sasa

The Marondera University of Agricultural Science and Technology Innovation and Agro Industrial Park is set to benefit the local community after the launch of an out-grower scheme by President Emmerson Mnangagwa this Friday.

Farmers who were relocated after the construction of Muchekeranwa Dam and are beneficiaries of the university’s Muchekeranwa Outgrower Scheme are excited about the development which they say is set to transform their lives.

Muchekeranwa Dam

“This is so exciting as we are going to grow our crops all year round which will benefit us,” said Moses Chinhara, vice chairperson of the MUAST Muchekeranwa Outgrower Scheme.

Rudo Machaka, a farmer said, “Since we came here in 1989, we have been waiting for irrigation, so, this is dream come true.”

Another farmer, Ngonidzaishe Chidhuwa noted, “What is more exciting for us is that we now have a guaranteed market for our crops.”

President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the programme proves Zimbabwe is committed to poverty reduction.

“These are the stories you should be writing about since we have done well in reducing poverty,” said the President.

The programme has also received support from government.

Professor Amon Murwira, the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation Science and Technology Development Murwira noted, “As a Ministry, this is part of our goals to improve lives of our communities by supporting them.”

“This shows that ZANU PF is a people centred party whose programmes are meant to improve people’s lives,” Honourable Oppah Muchinguri, the Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs said.

National Housing and Social Amenities Minister, Hon Daniel Garwe noted, “With our province being agro-based, this development is set to contribute significantly towards our gross domestic product.”

The outgrower programme which is on a 60-hectare plot is set to benefit 48 families, with a 30-hectare centre pivot having already been installed.

The area has a potential to increase irrigable land to 172 hectares, with more pivots expected to be installed.