Visiting Nigerian delegation impressed by youth & women participation in agriculture

By ZBC Reporter

THE visiting Nigeria delegation has been impressed by Zimbabwe’s agriculture model which ensures the participation of youths and women in production and employment creation.

Led by Niger State Commissioner for Agriculture, Engineer Ibrahim Muhammad Panti, the Nigerian delegation toured various agricultural projects in Mashonaland West Province this Wednesday including an animal breeding production hub and reproductive laboratory at Chinhoyi University of technology.

The team was impressed by the participation of young farmers and women in agriculture having also visited Lincoln Chirinda’s Rainfield farm and Summer Hill estate owned by Noma Mliswa.

“We have been very much impressed by the performance of young and female farmers and the model of agriculture in Zimbabwe. We hope to partner with Zimbabwe. Niger state has the largest productive land in Nigeria that’s why we want to learn.

“The young farmers are showing that they should not wait to be employed by companies but have to turn to farm. We also want animal production technology and hope to bring our students to CUT,” said Engineer Ibrahim Muhammad Panti Nigeria’s Commissioner for Agriculture.

Lincoln Chirinda is one of the young farmers whose focus is on increasing hectarage through mechanisation.

“I want to increase production from current levels and ensure we consolidate our foothold through further mechanisation,” he said.

The Dean of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at the Chinhoyi University of Technology, Professor Chrispen Murungweni whose institution is also into milk production highlighted the need for Africa to take advantage of the global demand for milk.

“We are having a dual system, small and large scale. The continent is contributing 5 percent of the world demand for milk with Zimbabwe producing 82 million litres yet the national demand is 130 million litres,” he said.

Most African countries are tapping into Zimbabwe’s expertise in agriculture to improve production back home.