Women have been challenged to seriously consider venturing into tobacco farming in order to emancipate themselves from poverty and become serious players in the economy of the country.
This came out at the Boka Auction Floors Growerâ€™s Forum which was held at Munandi Farm in Hurungwe East Constituency.
Hundreds of tobacco growers in Hurungwe and various stakeholders in the industry converged at Mrs Sarah Mahokaâ€˜s Munandi Farm for the Boka Tobacco Auction Floors Growers Forum.
The forum gave the host farmer, Cde Mahoka time to shine as one of Zimbabweâ€™s most successful female tobacco farmer.
Cde Mahoka, who boasts of 80 hectares of both irrigated and dry land tobacco, hailed Zanu PF for its vision when embarking on the land reform programme, adding that through land ownership, Zimbabwean women have been emancipated.
She said the revolutionary party has empowered women through land ownership as this saw women becoming land owners hence the need to economically emancipate themselves through serious farming.
Speaking on the same occasion, the Chief Executive Officer for the Boka Tobacco Auction Floors, Miss Rudo Boka said it is time that women strive to empower each other, adding that the forum has given them a platform to learn and witness that it is possible for them to achieve a lot through farming.
Most women who attended the forum agreed that Cde Mahokaâ€™s success had inspired them.
The forum, which is an empowerment mechanism, is aimed at encouraging growers to excel in tobacco production and allow them to compete at an international level.
It gave growers an opportunity to share the same platform with strategic stakeholders in the industry, whose core business relate to growersâ€™ requirements and expectations in order to find a common ground.