Chinese ambassador Huang Ping has paid a courtesy call on Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa at his Munhumutapa Offices in Harare today.

The Chinese government says it is impressed by strides made in the implementation of the command agriculture programme and has pledged to assist Zimbabwe revamp the agricultural sector in order to ensure sustainable food security in future.

Beijing’s top diplomat to Harare Ambassador Huang Ping who was accompanied by two officials from the Chinese Embassy paid a courtesy call on Vice President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa at his Munhumutapa offices today.

During the closed door meeting the two sides exchanged views on China-Zimbabwe relations as well as other issues of common interest.

Briefing journalists after the meeting with Cde Mnangagwa, Ambassador Huang said his country is committed to helping end food shortages and revamping the agricultural sector.

Mr Huang said the Chinese government is impressed with the way the command agriculture programme was implemented this past season.

The command agriculture programme, a brainchild of the government rescued thousands of farmers who were failing to productively utilise their pieces of land owing to funding challenges.

The Chinese government chipped in by donating some bags of fertiliser that were distributed last season.

Most farmers who benefitted under the command agriculture programme by getting crop inputs managed to surpass the targeted yield of five tonnes per hectare.