zim maize22.jpgGovernment says it is in full support of programmes that promote self sufficiency in public institutions such as the Zimbabwe Prisons’ farms which are contributing to national food security through a vibrant crop production initiative.

For the past years, the government has been failing to fully support public institutions due to sanctions induced challenges which crippled their operations.

However, with the economy on a recovery path, the Ministry of Agriculture Mechanisation and Irrigation Development says it fully supports efforts towards the revival of prison farms dotted around the country as this ensures food security as well as minimise strain on the allocated budgets.

The Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Mr Ngoni Masoka who was speaking at a field day at Chikurubi Prison farm said the revival of prison farms is critical in enhancing self sufficiency.

“Government is making efforts to ensure that the prison farms are fully revived, so that they produce their own food,” said Mr Masoka.

Officer-in-Charge Chikurubi farm Chief Superintendent Verengayi Machona  said the  efforts help boost the inmates’ food basket, the nation at large and assists prisoners with agricultural rehabilitation skills which will help them to easily reintegrate into the society.

Chikurubi Prison farm is expecting a bumper harvest from its 160 hectares under maize.

The Zimbabwe Prison Services also carries out various projects ranging from crop production, animal husbandry and poultry production.