Zimbabwe: Cabinet Okays Agric Report

Cabinet has approved the report on the state of preparedness for the 2021-2022 agricultural season, partly anchored on helping rural communities to revamp and industrialise their projects.

The report was presented by Vice President Dr Constantino Chiwenga who chairs the Cabinet committee on food security and nutrition.

“The nation is informed that the 2021/22 summer programme’s strategic objective is to sustainably increase crop production and productivity to meet and surpass the national requirements for both human consumption and industrial use,” said Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa after yesterday’s Cabinet meeting.

She said the plan will be achieved through the implementation of the Agriculture Recovery Plan anchored on timely provision of inputs such as fertilisers, seed, fuel and agrochemicals, consistent supply of key utilities such as power, fuel and water to farmers.

The involvement of the private and financial services sectors, continuous support for the targeted farmers with irrigation and mechanisation services to improve efficiencies and climate proofing, and strengthening Government-wide coordination, monitoring and evaluation, among other concerns.

Minister Mutsvangwa said the Government will finance the Presidential Crop and Livestock Input Schemes through Treasury and provide Government default guarantee for programmes funded through local financial institutions.

The 2021-2022 season, she said, would witness the operationalisation of the Rural Presidential Horticulture Plan.