Opposition party supporters from various political parties received inputs under the Presidential Inputs Scheme in Mashonaland Central Province dispelling claims the programme was political.
Government has distributed farming inputs under the Presidential Inputs Scheme at Chapoto with opposition party members from MDC, National Patriotic Front and the Zimbabwe Partnership for Prosperity being among the beneficiaries.
Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement, Retired Chief Air Marshall Perrance Shiri said the inputs are free for all Zimbabweans although he discouraged people from wearing party regalia.
“The President is saying the inputs are free you don’t pay anything, inputs are not given by political affiliation,” he said.
Cottco Managing Director Mr Pious Manamike said the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe gave the company the green light to give farmers in Chapoto 100 percent cash for their cotton.
“We were permitted to give you100 percent cash because people were complaining here that old grannies cannot use Ecocash,” he said.
Mbire legislator Douglas Karoro commended government for reviving ARDA Mushumbi although highlighting a challenge of farm implements among villagers.
“ARDA Mushumbi was not working for many years, but when you became Minister of Agriculture there is change, centre pivots there are now functional,” Karoro said.
The Mbire legislator appealed to government to assist the local community with irrigation equipment to help kick-start projects that will see them utilising abundant water from the Zambezi river which is not being fully exploited.