Agronomists and biological research experts have called on small and large scale horticulture producers to use green and sustainable technology to increase yields suitable for the export market.

The Research Institute Kutsaga Research Station brought together players in the horticulture industry to exchange notes and help players so that they can benefit from the use of greener and sustainable technology.

“The meeting sought to assist the growers so that they can achieve high quality yields,” Tobacco Research Board General Manager, Mrs Dahlia Garwe said.

Agriculture Marketing Authority CEO, Mr Rocky Mutena said Zimbabwe has the potential to re-emerge as a global player in the export of horticultural produce.

“If all players are focused, horticulture can transform the economy through employment creation and value addition,” Mr Mutena said.

Molecular Biologist and Researcher, Dr Chenjerai Kashangura encouraged farmers in the horticulture industry to adopt the use of organic based methods such as pine bark based soilless media and floating trays for better yields and quality.

Zimbabwe was in 2001 the second largest exporter of horticulture produce in Africa after Kenya and was the 5th biggest exporter into Europe.

The government through the 10 Point Plan and ZIMASSET can revive and expand this important sector to generate more foreign exchange through export.