The Vice President has launched the 2020 winter wheat programme in Manicaland province this Friday, emphasizing the need for farmers to fully utilise the land for government to reach its 80 000 hectare wheat production target.
Addressing farmers after touring Mubvakacha Farm in Makoni district owned by Dr James Chipunza, the Vice President did not mince his words on the government land-use policy.
“The objective of the land reform programme was to empower the people of Zimbabwe.I, therefore, implore upon farmers to fully utilize land allocated to them. let us reciprocate the government’s land reform programme by increasing productivity on our farms. The journey to productivity is not an easy one, it requires commitment and a paradigm shift in the way we view farming,” he said.
The Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement, Retired Air Chief Marshall Perrance Shiri urged wheat farmers to increase their hectarage.
“We need to desist from the importing syndrome. We can provide for ourselves, we have the capacity to improve the national food security,” the Minister said.
The Ministries of Finance and Economic Development, as well as that of Energy and Power Development, pledged their continued support to the country’s agricultural sector.
“At the moment what is driving the government’s agenda is the transitional stabilisation programme coming to an end this year under TSP we have prioritised agriculture, it is the critical sector which guarantees food security and nutrition. For our agric sector to be viable we need finance and we are working with local banks as Ministry of Finance, we are providing guarantee so farmers can acquire financing. We are also providing inputs and infrastructure development,” he said.
“Electricity is a requisite for the agriculture sector. We as the Ministry of Energy and Power Development are here to support the government winter wheat programme,” said Honourable Mudyiwa.
The Minister of State for Manicaland province, Cde Ellen Gwaradzimba commended farmers in her province for surpassing the provincial 7000-hectare wheat target.
Dr Chipunza, who is also into livestock production and tobacco farming has so far planted 43 hectares of winter wheat and is targeting 60 hectares under the Command wheat programme.