A call has been made to consolidate gains of the Land Reform Programme through enhancing linkages between farmers and the beneficiation chain.

With Zimbabwe having concluded land reform focus has been shifted to efficiently utilising the land to unlock value. 

Speaking at the launch of the Zimlife agriculture awards in the capital agriculture expert Professor Mandivamba Rukuni said boosting linkages between farmers and the value addition and retail chain is the best strategy to sustain agriculture enterprises. 

Zimlife agriculture merit awards chairperson Mr Israel Kembo said the initiative was established mainly to honour President Robert Mugabe for empowering Zimbabweans through the Agrarian Reform Programme.

Agriculture is the backborne of the economy with growth expected to reach 21 percent this year following a bumper harvest. 

Tobacco is the major agriculture cash crop generating an average of $1 billion a year.