Government has been commended for coming up with sustainable strategies aimed at transforming the agriculture sector to its former glory, through the introduction of the command agriculture programme.

This came out during the fourth edition of the Umzingwane district agricultural show.

Although the number of exhibitors at this year’s agriculture show declined by 25 percent, the quality of products on display were a reflection of a good 2016-2017 farming season.

Officiating at the exhibition Umzingwane legislator, Cde William Dewa hailed government for coming up with the Brazil More Food for Africa scheme and the command agriculture programme saying they are sustainable solutions to achieving food security.

He urged farmers in the district to partake in the command livestock programme that will be rolled out soon in order to grow the national herd.

Deputy Minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development Deputy Minister, Cde Abigail Damasane implored communities not to be left out of government’s empowerment programmes.

Most farmers encountered transport challenges hence the decline in participants revealed the show’s chairman, Mr Sindiso Ncube.

Due to an outbreak of anthrax that hit the district last year, the movement of cattle in and out of Umzingwane is still restricted as such livestock was not on display this year.

The show that was held at Esigodini Agricultural College ran under the theme, “Towards an Empowered Society and a Growing Economy”.