The government have engaged the Ministry of Power and Energy Development to exempt wheat farmers from load shedding to increase productivity.

This was revealed by the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural and Resettlement, Retired Air Chief Marshal Perrance Shiri when he visited Wanu Farm in Gweru as part of his mission to ascertain the wheat situation in the country.

Cde Perrance Shiri said the government will facilitate the issuance of 99-year leases to highly productive farmers, as they move to ensure optimum utilisation of land.

“We are on a nationwide mission to establish the wheat situation in the country. As such, we will only facilitate the issuance of 99 year leases to productive farmers,” Cde Shiri said.

He added that the government will not hesitate to down-size underutilised farms.

Wanu Farm Manager, Mr Clever Matutu also pleaded for government’s help for the wheat farmers to be exempted from the current load-shedding as this may affect the economy.

The government has since flouted tenders for the construction of Kondo Chitova dam and Glasgow among a host of projects, set to see improved power generation.