Exhibitors at the 85th Midlands Agricultural Show have been challenged to lure potential investors in the Midlands Province and take advantage of policy space and explore investment opportunities.

This was said by the Midlands Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Cde Owen Ncube when he officiated at an exhibitors’ reception dinner in Gweru.

The mantra Zimbabwe is open for business has cascaded down to the provinces with the Midlands receiving an influx of companies flocking to establish factories in the province.

Addressing exhibitors on the eve of the official opening of the Midlands Agricultural Show, Minister Ncube said the agriculture sector in the Midlands Province has recorded significant success with the completion of the four projects under the Brazil More Food for Africa programme.

“We have recorded appreciable success in the development of irrigation as four projects have been completed,” he said.

Minister Ncube also said crop production has increased significantly with cotton reclaiming its position as a market leader following the Command Agriculture and Presidential Free Input Schemes.

The Midlands Provincial Minister also challenged entrepreneurs in the province to position themselves to venture into business consortiums as the government is set to award a tender contract for the much awaited Beitbridge-Masvingo-Harare-Chirundu highway project.