made.jpgThe visiting Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa Senior Agricultural Advisor, Dr. Sam Kanyarukiga, says COMESA is ready to support  Zimbabwe in  poverty alleviation.    


Dr. Kanyarukiga, who is also Coordinator of the Comprehensive Agricultural Africa Development Program, CAADP, for COMESA, held a closed door meeting with the Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Dr. Joseph Made, in Harare. 


After the meeting, Dr. Kanyarukiga  told the media that he is impressed with progress made by Zimbabwe in identifying areas of major investments. 


Dr. Kanyarukiga expressed satisfaction with the agricultural strategic document being compiled by the Ministry of Agriculture, saying as COMESA’s Senior Agricultural Advisor, he will organise an all stakeholders meeting to further discuss how best the document can be implemented.


“My purpose here is to meet and discuss with the Minister of Agriculture on how COMESA can support its member to produce and implement policies and strategies to bring the required growth and poverty reduction.


“I am happy that the Ministry has produced a document that is ready.


“Although it might need some final touches, it identified major areas of investment, I am satisfied and hoping that in the next two months, I will organize a bigger meeting for various stakeholders,  NEPAD and the African Union as a whole, to consider the document,” said Dr. Kanyarukiga.
 Minister Made said in Zimbabwe, irrigation, marketing, transportation and livestock development, are some of the key areas that need technical assistance in form of advice from COMESA.


“These are areas that will take centre stage.


“ We have finished documentation of the investment programs and Dr. Kanyarukiga is here to give us technical advise from COMESA, as we finalise the document,” said Dr. Made.


Dr. Made said he is pleased to note that COMESA’s initiative will complement other bilateral and multilateral relations of development between Zimbabwe and other partners such as China, India and Brazil.


He added that these partnerships are providing economical and technical assistance at a time when western countries are imposing sanctions that continue to cause untold suffering to ordinary people.