The command agriculture scheme is proving to be a game changer in the revival of the Zimbabwe’s economy and ensuring food security as witnessed by a Marondera farmer Kuda Kudenga who has 200 hectares under maize and is expecting a bumper harvest despite the mid-season drought that threatened the yield.

Kudenga has hailed the government for the continued support to ensure efficient and sustainable utilisation of land.

Mashonaland East is expecting improved agricultural productivity as a result of increased support to farmers.

The Minister of State for the Province Honourable David Musabayana said the province is on course to realise the national goal of food security due to the government’s strategic intervention.

The government initiated the special agriculture production programme popularly known as ‘command agriculture’, in partnership with the private sector and each participating farmer is required to commit five tonnes per hectare towards repayment of advanced loans in the form of irrigation equipment, inputs and chemicals.

The programme last year resulted in more than two million metric tonnes of maize delivered to the Grain Marketing Board.