Legislators in Matabeleland South Province say following the rains that fell this year, the situation is ripe for a massive restocking programme that must be financed in the model of command agriculture.

Following the success of the command agriculture on the crop section which will see the country registering a bumper harvest this year, parliamentarians in the country’s prime ranching belt say the command agriculture programme on ranching must be launched soon to capacitate livestock farmers.

Cde Malaki Nkomo of Insiza South says farmers in Matabeleland South Province some of whom are beneficiaries of the Land Reform Programme are eager to get support from government to build the national herd.

His sentiments were echoed by Cde Madodana Sibanda of the Gwanda North constituency who said livestock farmers have been waiting for a long time for the support so that they can raise their capacity utilisation in farms for the benefit of the nation.

Beitbridge East legislator Cde Kembo Mohadi assured the farmers that government is mobilising massive resources for the restocking and stocking project as part of the initiative to improve the national herd.

The proposed programme is in line with the vision of livestock farmers union who are advocating for the commercialisation of ranching.