Government moves to build on bumper harvest

by | May 28, 2021 | Business, Local News | 0 comments

Mako Jerera

Government has set aside $4 billion to finance the Presidential Input Scheme, which has been instrumental in the attainment of the present bumper harvests currently being enjoyed by the country.

President inputs assist communal farmers with the requisite inputs needed to produce.

This was announced by the Minister of Information, Broadcasting and Publicity Services Monica Mutsvangwa at this week`s post-cabinet briefing.

“Currently, Government is financing several programmes in the agriculture sector including farm mechanisation, inputs and selling price support.

“Crops under such support include maize, soya beans, cotton and wheat. Government targets to provide input support for the vulnerable households to the tune of $4 billion for grain production under the Presidential Inputs Scheme, while banks provided funding for the Command Agriculture programme for the 2020/2021 farming season,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.

Cabinet noted with concern, failure to pay farmers for cotton delivered to Cottco last season as a new marketing season commenced last week.

“Cabinet noted with concern the continued failure to pay farmers for cotton delivered to Cottco and has decided to institute measures to increase its shareholding in Cottco to at least 51 percent in tandem with its contribution in the company and apparent support to farmers and the need to spur rural industrialisation. To this effect, Government will be paying farmers directly,” she said.

“Cabinet wishes to report that three facilities are in place targeting 92 000 hectares distributed as follows: the Presidential Wheat Scheme targeting 10 000 hectares; the Command/CBZ Agro-yield Scheme targeting 60 000 hectares and the Private Sector Support targeting 15 000 hectares for wheat and 7 000 hectares for barley,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.

This declaration comes barely a week after MDC-Alliance spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere misguided herself claiming that last season farmers in communal areas did not have enough inputs.