Zim to stop food imports in 2 years- President

BY ZBC Reporters

PRESIDENT Mnangagwa has described agriculture as life and called upon Zimbabweans to respect each other and work in unity towards achieving Vision2030.

Addressing Zion Christian Church (ZCC) Mbungo members at the launch of the Pfumvudza Presidential Input Scheme in Masvingo this Thursday, President Mnangagwa said the country should wave goodbye to food imports in two years.

He said such achievements could only be attained through unity of purpose among Zimbabweans.

The President was speaking after touring a thriving wheat farm owned by Bishop Nehemiah Mutendi, a Pfumvudza project at the church as well as a dam under construction.

“In the next two years, Zimbabwe should not import food.
Everything else follows when people are not hungry, let’s unite and respect each other. I know that bad things are easy to do but let us strive to do good always. Usati wadongorera ndima yemumwe, tanga wasimudza yako. The solution lies in farming (and) this is what even the Lord expects from us. Let us use this land so that we don’t go hungry. Slowly we are overcoming problems that beset us in the past.”

Since taking office, President Mnangagwa has introduced a raft of economic measures that will be underpinned by agricultural production and productivity, mining and tourism.

His Vision2030, to make Zimbabwe a middle-income economy within a decade, is already bearing fruit as demonstrated in increased power supplies as well as his international re-engagement thrust.

Speaking at the same event, Vice President Retired General Dr Constantino Guvheya Chiwenga encouraged smallholder farmers to apply the conservation farming principles adding that agriculture is the key in developing the country’s economy.

Vice President Kembo Mohadi also weighed in and emphasized that the Pfumvudza/Intwasa farming concept is meant to ensure smallholder farmers achieve household food security while large scale farmers produce for the Strategic Grain Reserve.

Meanwhile, members of the Chief’s Council received Pfumvudza presidential inputs at the launch.