Long term investment in agriculture has been described as the most sustainable way of improving foreign currency inflows.
This came out when a Chipinge farmer, Mr Dawie Joubert invited the First Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa to his farm and showed her his macademia nuts nursery and his Brahman breeding project.
Macadamia production has the capacity to bring in between $25 000 and $30 000 per hectare but requires five years of investment.
Cde Mnangagwa said agriculture is the mainstay of Zimbabwe’s economy, however there is need for capital injection to realise the full potential of the sector.
Mr Joubert is currently supporting fellow local farmers to grow macadamia nuts.
He however said the project requires five years before the first harvest of the nuts, hence the need for sustainable funding to support such projects.
Mr Joubert also has more than 1000 heads of cattle and said he has plans to support the command livestock project.
The government has ventured into command livestock as a way of increasing the country’s national head and empowering citizens.
The willingness of established farmers to support government initiatives is a positive development that can turn around the agricultural sector.
Meanwhile, there was commotion at Joka centre in Chipinge as vegetables and fruit vendors jostled to catch a glimpse of the First Lady who passed by on her way back from Mount Selinda Hospital in Chipinge.
Dining with the ordinary citizens is now the First Lady’s trade mark and vendors at Jopa centre spent some few moments with her encouraging them to take advantage of the opening of the women’s bank and grow their business.
Some vendors said the gesture by the First Lady is a sign that the new dispensation has people at heart.
The road visits by the First Lady have also enabled her to get to understand their way of life.