EU injects $7m to revitalize Zimbabwe's ag industry

The European Union (EU) has injected $7 million towards the revitalization of the country's agricultural sector whose yields have been declining since the turn of the millennium.

Since 2000 when President Robert Mugabe's administration embarked on the land reform programme which saw the violent seizure of farms from white commercial farmers without compensation, Zimbabwe's food production has been dwindling.

Mugabe apportioned the seized productive land to former liberation war fighters and close allies most of whom did not have basic farming knowledge.

As a result, Zimbabwe, once the bread basket of the region now relies on food aid.
 
To assist in the revival of the once vibrant agriculture sector, the EU on Monday said it was calling for proposals from organizations involved in projects that aim at promoting sustainable service delivery in the field of research, education and extension for improved contribution to wealth creation and agricultural growth.

Source: allafrica.com

Publication date: 10/5/2017


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