made.jpgThe Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanization and Irrigation Development says the amount allocated to the ministry in the 2011 budget falls far too short of expectations to bring sustainable development.

The Ministry says the funds allocated to the ministry are not enough to boost the agriculture sector which is one of the key sectors in the economy.

 

Speaking on the sidelines of a tour of an onion drying facility at Mr. Paddy Zhanda’s farm in Goromonzi East constituency.

 

The Minister of Agriculture, Mechanization and Irrigation Development, Dr Joseph Made described the allocation to his ministry as inadequate and called on farmers to be innovative, adding that the country will have to depend on support from friendly nations.
 
“We will have to depend on support from friendly countries such as China and Russia for support to develop our agricultural activities and the farmers have to be innovative,” he said.

 

ZANUF legislators, Cde Paddy Zhanda, Simbaneuta Mudarikwa and Beatrice Nyamupinga said the 2011 budget allocation for agriculture is not enough to sustain farming activities.

 

“ The budget is consumptive and it makes farmers sustain the country as farmers are not being paid for their deliveries by parastatals and the ministry must give money to farmers to sustain their production,” they said.

 

Analysts say the Finance Minister, Mr. Tendai Biti’s budget  did not adequately support  agriculture  which remains the backbone of Zimbabwe’s economy. Only US$122 million was allocated to the sector.