dr joseph made 31-01-11.jpgThe Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Dr. Joseph Made, has blamed the Minister of Finance, Mr. Tendai Biti, for lying to the Head of State and Government and Commander in Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe that he has channeled billions of dollars to the agriculture sector when he continues to hold on to millions which cabinet ordered him to release for the payment of farmers who delivered their crop since 2008.

While Zimbabwe has the potential to produce adequate wheat and surplus for export, the Chinese government has once again come to the rescue of Zimbabwe with a handover of 9 722 tonnes of wheat and 4 900 tonnes of rice as part of food relief to Zimbabwe.

“The urgent food relief by the Chinese government worthy $14 million is finally presented to the Zimbabwean side. This is one of the biggest humanitarian reliefs the Chinese government has ever given to foreign countries,” said Mr. Zhao Yong, Chinese Charge d`Affairs to Zimbabwe at a handover ceremony held at GMB Cleverand Depot in Harare.

In an interview on the sidelines of the handover ceremony, Dr. Made thanked the Chinese government for the gesture saying the donation will go a long way in alleviating hunger in drought prone areas of the country.

Dr Made quickly cited the ideological differences within the inclusive government as a cancer that is slowing destroying the agriculture sector which was on a recovery path despite the effects of illegal sanctions.

“We have a situation where the Minister of Finance Biti goes to the extend of lying to President Mugabe that he pumped billions of dollars into the agriculture sector, this is a complete lie, because there is nothing but promises and promises whilst the farmers who have produced are yet to receive their dues since 2008,” noted Dr. Made.

The 2012 winter wheat season is reported to be in shambles without any inputs having been secured.

 

Dr. Made, who took a swipe at Minister Biti whom he accused of tempering with millions of dollars approved by cabinet to pay farmers who delivered their maize and wheat, said it high time that action be taken on the Finance Minister before it is too late.