New investors courted by the Agricultural Rural Development Authority (ARDA) have unveiled new agricultural technology and have started planting vast tracks of maize and soya beans at ARDA Nijo Estate on the outskirts of Harare.
The public private partnerships (PPPs) between ARDA and investors have moved a gear up with foreign and local companies jostling for land to kick start agricultural projects.
Some of the investors who were sitting on the fence have jumped in full force with Agric-Alliance being one of the companies to start business at ARDA Nijo Estate, thanks to the new political dispensation which ARDA board chairman Basil Nyabadza said has ushered a conducive environment and certainty for investors.
Agric-Alliance brought in state of the art equipment and is applying the latest conservation method of planting without ploughing which is cost effective.
ZBC News caught up with the company’s boss David Van Breda at ARDA Nijo Estate who expressed investors’ confidence to work with the new regime to retain the country’s breadbasket status.
Plans are underway for the new investor to set up a diary project at Nijo, revive plantations and horticultural projects at ARDA Estate in Manicaland Province.