Young farmers are set to benefit from a farming capacitation programme being spearheaded by the Agricultural Bank of Zimbabwe (Agribank).
Attainment of Vision 2030 is in the hands of the youths as evidenced by the success story of Aaron Denenga, who since 2011 has been contributing thousands of tonnes of tobacco, maize and groundnuts to the economy at the age of only 33 years.
Denenga who won the 2018 national young farmer of the year award said youths should graduate from the dependence mantra of relying on government for formal jobs, challenging the youths to make use of the vast fertile land in the country and make a good living out of it while at the same time contributing towards food security in the country.
While many avoid venturing into farming citing difficulties on the operating environment such as lack of funding, training and capacitation, Denenga says he only succeeded because of hard work and determination.
The government, has through Agribank, availed over $125 million last season directed towards funding young farmers.
The bank’s chief economist Joseph Mverechena reaffirmed that the bank is looking forward to channel millions of dollars for the same cause.
The Principal Director (Human Resources) in the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Settlement, Mr Gibson Chijarira said more programmes to empower the youths are already in place and the youths are invited to seek ways on how they can benefit from them.
According to the Transitional Stabilisation Program (TSP), agriculture is one of the key pillars towards the attainment of Vision 2030, hence the input of young farmers should play a leading role as the youths are the future.