The recapitalisation of ARDA estates, coupled with the successful implementation of the command agriculture programme, has increased food production in Matabeleland South and created jobs for the local people.
ARDA Antelope in Maphisa and ARDA Ingwizi estates have for years been lying fallow despite their huge potential to produce food for the drought prone Matabeleland South region.
In 2015, a partnership between the parastatal and Trek Petroleum saw the recapitalisation of the two estates but it was the command agriculture programme spearheaded by the President Emmerson Mnangagwa that proved that Matabeleland South can be food self sufficient .
ARDA Antelope Estate Manager, Mr Alec Chinyayi saud they have put 650 hectares of land under the winter wheat crop this season, adding that plans are in place to expand the estate to 3000 hectares in the future.
The revival of the estates has seen the local community benefiting from the out growers scheme.
Mangwe legislator, Cde Obedingwa Mnguni hailed the command agriculture programme, saying it has helped ARDA Ingwizi in cushioning the district during times of drought.
The two estates have also been working towards the establishment of milling plants, so that maize is processed locally, thereby ensuring food security in rural areas and creating employment for the people living in the areas where the estates are situated.