The Acting President Cde Phelekezela Mphoko has expressed optimism that the tillage programme which has kicked off in Bubi district will further improve food security in the country.

He was speaking during a visit to Nkenyane village in the district, to assess the beginning of the tillage programme.

As government continues to make efforts to improve agricultural activities in the country, the tillage programme has been rolled out and is targeted to be completed in four wards by the end of November this year.

Four tractors have been provided for the programme and the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development is expected to supply four motor bikes that will be used by the Agritex officers operating in the four wards.

The Acting President visited the district to assess the operations and called on those involved in the tillage programme to work together and ensure that no one vandalises or steals the equipment.

“we want these tractors to last for as long as possible, even up to years. So let us work together and i can assure you that when we have prepared ourselves, we will surely reap a better harvest than what we got this year,” he said.

The people involved in the tillage programme said communal farmers are satisfied with the government initiative, adding it will not only enhance food security but eradicate poverty in the country.

Meanwhile, the villagers in the four wards have shown commitment by contributing funds to buy oil to service the tractors.