Banana farmers in Chimanimani are appealing for the government to speed up the reconstruction of destroyed roads and bridges citing transport challenges which have affected their banana business in the area.
The majority of people who live in cities are used to buying bananas on the streets but unknown to many is the hustle banana farmers face to transport their produce to the market to make this happen.
In Chimanimani, most homesteads rely on subsistence banana farming as their main source of income and under normal circumstances, these farmers earn a fair income, enough to take care of themselves and their families.
Unfortunately, because of the destruction caused by the Tropical Cyclone Idai, banana farmers are unable to sell their produce at a profitable margin as they fall prey to middlemen who are maximising on road challenges to exploit these desperate farmers.
Some fortunate farmers had a chance to interact with the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Cde July Moyo who assured them that government is currently seized with restoring damaged roads and bridges to enable them to continue with their day to day business.
“I have travelled all the way by road to get a clear picture on what’s on the ground. I have seen how much you are struggling because of this disaster and be rest assured that in no time these challenges will be addressed,” he said.