By Davison Vandira
Zimbabwe is targeting 400 000 metric tonnes of wheat this season based on the 36 percent growth in production of the strategic crop last year.
The Zimbabwe Wheat Board this Wednesday convened an all stakeholders meeting to push for linkages in the entire value chain to transform the wheat industry.
The discussions centered on building a robust and efficient ecosystem that is seamless from soil conditioning, planting, harvesting, genetics as well as uninterrupted supply of water and electricity.
“We have come together with the main objective of making agriculture great again in this country for sustainable economic development in the long term,” Given Mesoemvura, the Zimbabwe Wheat Board Trust chairperson said.
“The 400 000 tonnes wheat target is realistic and as farmers we are confident of revitalise the wheat industry to where it belongs,” noted Roy Linfield, Commercial Farmers Union representative.
Dr Prince Kuipa, who represented the Zimbabwe Farmers Union, said: “The potential is there. We only need to utilise effectively the land and the water bodies that we have in the country, otherwise we are on course to achieve agricultural success.”
Agriculture, Lands, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development Deputy Minister, Hon Vangelis Haritatos highlighted government’s readiness to facilitate enhanced wheat production.
“Agricultural development and food security remain a top priority for the government because of its huge contribution to rural transformation, food security and economic growth and wheat occupies a central role in stimulating demand for several sectors, hence, government stands ready to offer the necessary support,” he noted.
Increased wheat production dovetails with the country’s Agricultural Food Systems Transformation Strategy anchored on increased production followed by value addition and beneficiation.