Farmers have been called upon to access modern farming technologies to enhance agriculture productivity.

This was said by the Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement Retired Air Chief Marshal Perrance Shiri when he officially opened the 2018 edition of the Midlands Agricultural Show.

The Command Agriculture Programme has been a success owing to a number of factors chief among them having vibrant provincial shows.

Officially opening the Midlands Agricultural Show, Minister Shiri said the country can reclaim its breadbasket status if the Command Agriculture diversifies to other sectors such as wheat, cotton, soyabeans, fish and livestock production.

“Zimbabwe as an agro based economy has deliberately taken a policy to promote investments in the agriculture sector,” he said.

Minister Shiri also paid tribute to the President and patron of the Midlands Show Society Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa for the continued support of the agriculture sector.

Midlands Minister of State Cde Owen Ncube said the agriculture show provides farmers with an opportunity for farmers, traders, marketing agents and other service providers to access modern farming technologies.

“The show provides classic opportunities for farmers to improve farming practices for increased agriculture productivity,” he said.

29 new exhibitors came on board for this year’s Midlands Agricultural Show which ran under the theme, “Steering the Economy to Vibrancy”.

NSSA and the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe scooped prizes for their world class showcases.