By Davison Vandira
ZIMBABWE’s horticulture industry which is undergoing a massive reconstruction process has charmed the visiting United Kingdom buyers who are seeking to cement the country’s supply chain to satisfy the gap created by Britain’s exit from the European Union.
The revival of the once thriving horticulture industry which used to be the country’s foreign currency cash cow, has been given a shot in the arm by buyers from the United Kingdom who are looking at rekindling the traditional horticultural trade relations.
The Second Republic has been on an offensive mission to re-integrate with the rest of the global village politically and economically and is promoting its products in both the agriculture and mining sectors.
The coming in of buyers from abroad speaks volumes on strides made so far in the re-engagement agenda.
Chief Buyer of the visiting delegation, Carlos Arceiz is confident the local horticulture farmers have the capacity to consistently meet demand for horticulture products in the United Kingdom market.
“Zimbabwe’s horticulture sector has enormous potential that cannot be doubted and we have managed to do some farm visits and we are happy about how they are following procedures of good agronomy practice,” he said.
Another buyer, Mrs Daniela Ivanova says they will work with Zimbabwean farmers to get the right certifications that will make it easier to deal with stringent export regulations that have been affecting a complete overhaul of the horticulture sector.
“Considerable progress has been made in the country’s horticulture sector and the main setback has been to do with certification process and breaking into markets as they are ring fenced by expensive paperwork which is also a recurrent process yearly and we have pledged to help them,” she noted.
Government is aware of the important economic role played by the horticulture sector and has since availed a US$30 million revolving fund from the International Monetary Fund Special Drawing Rights to revamp the sector.