Vice President Cde Joice Mujuru says cotton buying merchants should strike a balance and create a win win situation with farmers in order to ensure viability of the farming sector.
Addressing a gathering at a COTTCO field day at Munepisi area under chief Garawa in Chipinge South constituency, Vice President Mujuru said a win win situation between cotton buying companies and farmers is ideal in cushioning and restoring the lost dignity of farming.
Cde Mujuru said the strength of the nation hinges on maximum land utilisation so there is need for the nation to work hard and restore the family dignity through poverty eradication.
â€œThe government has over the years made significant strides in empowering the peopleâ€.
We now have managed to empower the people through the land reform programme, what is left now is the restoration of the dignity of the family and this can only be done through maximum utilisation of the land,â€ said Cde Mujuru.
Vice President Mujuru also challenged cotton farmers to double the anticipated 280 million kilogrammes of cotton in the next farming season.
After presenting prizes to farmers who excelled in various farming categories, Cde Mujuru later called upon traditional leaders to uphold and consolidate the gains of the liberation struggle as an honour to departed and living freedom fighters.
She chronicled the history of the liberation struggle and emphasised that what drove the freedom fighter to wage the war of liberation was not only the desire to self rule, but to repossess the land which had been taken from indigenous Zimbabweans.