comesa_logo.gifThe Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has been commended for helping Zimbabwe overcome effects of the western imposed illegal sanctions through extending funds for developmental projects in the country.

This was said the Mashonaland Central Provincial Governor and Resident Minister, Advocate Martin Dinha, while officially opening a one week long COMESA Regional Agro Inputs Programme (COMRAP) in Mazowe.

Advocate Dinha said the programme will provide practical solutions to farmer’s problems through developing inputs and output markets simultaneously.

He said government has noted the importance of private sector participation in development and has been improving the business operational environment.

Dr Samuel Muchena of Africa Centre for Fertilizer and Mr Collin Kabudura from the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, who are implementers of the agro-dealers training programme, said the objective of the initiative is to ensure early access of inputs to farmers.

One thousand agro-dealers are expected to benefit countrywide under the COMRAP programme by strengthening their capacity in inputs supply, business management and extension service provision.