Zimbabwe’s National Development Strategy (NDS1) will help in the revival of horticultural production, focusing on exports, as well as improved general nutrition. The strategy will be implemented under the Zimbabwe Horticulture Recovery and Growth Plan. This plan is targeted at reworking the horticulture industry driven by the private-sector, but paired with a transformative rural sub-sector under the Presidential Horticulture Scheme to benefit 1.8 million households. The planners want to create a critical mass for local industrial beneficiation of both indigenous and exotic vegetables and fruits.
Since horticulture requires capital investment, the strategy will improve security of land tenure systems for horticulture producers to attract investment and contract farming, Legal frameworks specific to the horticultural sector will be established to curb-side marketing of produce under contract farming.
Improvements to boost the horticulture recovery include improving ease of doing business by reviewing and making export documentation less cumbersome and costly, developing and maintaining a unique competitive brand for Zimbabwe’s horticultural products and promotion of value added horticulture products to reduce post-harvest losses and raise export earnings