By ZBC Reporter
FARMERS have called for thorough and transparent vetting of farmers who will benefit from the government mechanisation programme launched by President Emmerson Mnangagwa last week.
The John Deere mechanisation programme launched by President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been well-received by farmers who have called on relevant authorities to identify and allocate the equipment to productive farmers.
“We applaud the President for this good gesture which is expected to go a long way to end hunger, but we also need to learn from our past mistakes on the RBZ mechanisation programme. Lessons were drawn and the new program is set to take production to greater levels if done transparently,” said Edson Makina a farmers’ representative in Seke district.
Legislator and farmer Honourable Tatenda Mavetera implored the banks to conduct thorough vetting and identify productive farmers who can assist and empower others to enhance food security in the country.
“By involving banks, the programme is fully secure, but I think if banks can target productive farmers who can in turn empower others in their respective constituencies, the mechanisation programme will yield good results.”
During the unveiling of the mechanisation programme, President Mnangagwa said the programme is expected to boost agricultural production and enhance food security in the country.