Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa says government through the mechanisation and irrigation component of the Command Agriculture Programme is targeting to put more land under irrigation to ensure food self sufficiency.
Cde Mnangagwa said this at a command agriculture field day held at Chaminuka Vocational Training Centre in Mt Darwin today.
“As a country, we need to increase production on farms. We are happy that the Command Agriculture Programme is yielding results as we project a bumper harvest this season. The rehabilitation of grain silos is currently underway in anticipation of good yields. Going forward, we are committed to enhancing irrigation development in the country and we have targeted put 400 000 more hectares under irrigation,” Cde Mnangagwa said.
Chaminuka Vocational Training Centre was established in 1983 with a mandate of rehabilitating ex-combatants who missed out on school while fighting for the country’s independence.
Over the years, the institution has transformed itself into a renowned training ground for aspiring small-scale farmers and an agriculture production hub.
Chaminuka was this year contracted to grow 100 ha of maize under the command agriculture programme .
Besides maize production, the institution is also into tobacco and intensive livestock production at its 1600ha farm.
The Command Agriculture field day was also attended by ministers: Cde Saviour Kasukuwere, Cde Patrick Zhuwawo and Advocate Martin Dinha, senior government and Zanu PF officials.