Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the government must embrace information technology (IT) to increase agricultural production.

This comes following the successful implementation of the command agriculture programme.

Cde Mnangagwa said adoption of modern IT is the way to go in coming up with sustainable agriculture.

“The government of Zimbabwe should consider adopting modern IT farming as is currently the case in countries such as South Africa and Kenya, among others. IT enables  the testing of  soil, obtaining of information about yields, receiving information on commodity prices and markets thereby allowing farmers leeway to effectively plan vital activities like planting, fertiliser application, harvesting and marketing their produce,” he said.

Cde Mnangagwa added that IT also enables the creation of a data base of farmers that will be used for information dissemination especially warnings on pests and diseases control.

He revealed that there is urgent need for stakeholder engagement and address some of the challenges that affect the 2016 to 2017 farming season.

High transport costs, high input costs, water and electricity are some of the identified challenges that require urgent attention.