By ZBC Reporter
SMALL scale tea and avocado farmers in Chipinge are set to benefit from an out-growers support scheme to be rolled out by a local company following an appeal by the government on Friday.
Following the successful visit of six cabinet ministers that were sent by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to Tanganda Estates on Friday, the tea company has pledged to expand its out-growers support scheme as one way to empower the community and enhance the production of small scale farmers in Chipinge.
An official from the tea company, Henry Nemaire told ZBC News that they have a running scheme and have plans to assist farmers to venture into commercial avocado production.
“We have got 870 tea small scale farmers that we supported to get them certified for rain forest alliance certification which is sustainable agriculture and if you look around Chipinge now there is good conservation among other environmental preservation,” said Nemaire.
The recent development was welcomed by Chipinge Central legislator and Deputy Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development, Honourable Raymore Machingura who said the gesture will go a long way in strengthening export capabilities of the district.
“We are delighted by the gesture from the company as they have promised to assist our small scale avocado farmers with both technical expertise and inputs. This is a positive development for the district because this will strengthen our export capabilities as well as motivate our local companies to produce more and efficiently,” noted Deputy Minister Machingura
The agricultural sector contributes at least 40 percent of the country’s export revenue, hence the need for further capacitation of the sector.
By ZBC Reporter