The ruling Zanu PF party is on a drive to promote productivity in farms within Manicaland province with special focus on capacitating the youth to take the leading role in spurring economic growth.

In an interview on the sidelines of the tour of Gwenzi and Groenvlei farms in Chipinge, Zanu PF Provincial Chairperson Cde Mike Madiro, who is also Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage, says it is high time the province concentrates on improving productivity in farms with a special bias on youth empowerment, a position the party is advancing.

He said the agriculture success stories in Chipinge are a clear testimony that Zimbabweans are able to produce for themselves while the Minister of State for Manicaland Dr Ellen Gwaradzimba, who was represented by deputy director in her Office Terence Machocho also echoed the sentiments that full utilisation of the land is what the country requires to improve economic performance.

 “It is high time we concentrate on productivity. We want the youth to be at the forefront of economic activities in the country. The developments at some farms are laudable as government also promotes full utilisation of available land,” said Dr Gwaradzimba.             

Farmers Paidamoyo Gwada and Garikayi Gwenzi say cattle rearing and piggery projects have huge returns stating that they are on a drive to expand their projects.

“The piggery project has high returns as the number of pigs increases in a short space of time. Cattle can also steadily increase in number with the quality of breeds being of great importance in the livestock business,” the two concurred.

Zimbabwe needs to continue registering success in the agriculture sector to consolidate its position to grow the economy that is largely agro-based.