President Masisi tours National Heroes Acre and agricultural show stands
By ZBC Reporters
VISITING Botswana President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi was at the National Heroes Acre in Harare this Friday morning to appreciate the history of Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle.
Upon arrival, Dr Masisi inspected a quarter guard mounted by the Presidential Guard and proceeded to lay a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
National Heroes Acre Curator Godfrey Nyaruwanga took time to explain the significance of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the structure of the national shrine.
President Masisi’s entourage passed through the graves of Cde Herbert Chitepo and Cde George Silundika who were the first cadres to be interred at the national shrine.
He also passed through the grave of former First Lady Sally Mugabe and that of former Vice President Dr Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo.
“Touring the Zimbabwean National Shrine is heart-warming, it has cleared my knowledge gap of Zimbabwe’s history,” said President Masisi.
The National Heroes Acre is one of the iconic monuments in Zimbabwe comprising murals that depict the colonial period, regrouping and rising against imperialists, and victory celebrations after the enemy were subdued.
Following that tour, President Masisi and President Emmerson Mnangagwa had an appreciation of the role of agro-value chains in economic development when they toured several stands at the Zimbabwe Agricultural Show.
The tour was an opportunity for agriculture value chains to exchange notes with the country’s leadership on growth strategies.
Bilateral relations emerged as the key highlight at the Botswana exhibition stand which also showcased possible areas for trade cooperation.
The Second Republic’s thrust on rural industrialisation also took center stage as President Mnangagwa had an opportunity to assess areas of progress while being briefed on future plans.
Capacitating smallholder value chains and the inclusion of women in agricultural activities also charmed the country’s leadership on the back of increased exhibitions.
Attention was also drawn to tobacco as one of the country’s top foreign currency earners as authorities had an opportunity to meet regulators of the industry on growth projections for the future.
Zimbabwe has set a US$12 billion mining economy target by next year to the extent that top officials from mining entities exhibiting at the show had a chat with President Mnangagwa on the resource sector roadmap.
Seed production is key in agro value chains, with its availability and sufficiency ahead of the summer cropping season high on the agenda during the exhibitions tour.
The role of banks in sustaining agro value chains also came under the spotlight, with President Mnangagwa being briefed by officials from a top agro yield financier on efforts to ensure access to loans at affordable lending rates.
Mechanisation systems in the development of agriculture through the latest technology and adaptation to climate shocks attracted interest from the country’s leadership due to the improved quality of exhibitions.
Zimbabwe’s efforts in restoring confidence in the livestock sector under a five-year growth plan also charmed President Mnangagwa and President Masisi who got an insight into progress in beef, dairy, sheep, goats, fish, chicken, and pig production.