The government says deliveries made to the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) under the command agriculture programme in 2018 have significantly increased the strategic grain reserve stocks of maize to a level where the country will be well fed until the next harvest.

The Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement, Retired Chief Air Marshal Perrence Shiri told 32 officers attending a course at the Zimbabwe Defence Course that the success of the command agriculture programme has also eased pressure on the scarce nostro funds.

“Crop assessments for the 2018/19 season still ongoing across the country, and even before they are complete, we can safely say the country already has more than half of the required strategic grain reserves stock of maize to guarantee food security for next season,” the Minister said.

He added that other strategic crops such as wheat have also recorded big harvests and the government is now focusing more on ring fencing the potential of the livestock sector.

Retired Chief Air Marshal Shiri also said with command programme showing signs that it is well poised to ensuring the nation achieves national security and drive economic transformation towards vision 2030, his ministry is working hard to consolidate the gains recorded so far.

The government is also exploring the possibility of establishing tractor assembly plants and irrigation manufacturing factories in the country to reduce the import bill.