The Zimbabwean Cabinet has approved the report on the state of preparedness for the 2021-2022 agricultural season. The report was presented by Vice President Dr Constantino Chiwenga, who chairs the Cabinet committee on food security and nutrition.
Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa: “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.”
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 also spoke about the 2021-2022 season, that will witness the operationalization of the Rural Presidential Horticulture Plan: “The plan will target priority fruit trees, namely: passion fruit (Granadilla), pecan nuts, apple, guava, mango, lemon, avocado pears and macadamia. Each targeted household will be given 10 trees of each fruit variety, depending on suitability of the fruit tree to the agro-ecological regions and potential income to be generated.”