The setting up agro processing plants in Manicaland Province is meant to support small holder farmers so that they can meet the ZIM ASSET target.

The Manicaland Provincial Food Fair which was held at Pimai Primary School in Honde Valley, Mutasa district brought a number of small holder, communal farmers exhibiting various fruits and traditional dishes.

The Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Cde Mandi Chimene bemoaned lack of value addition and agro-processing plants in the province which are critical in turning the abundant crops and fruits into value addition products.

Mutasa North legislator, Cde Luke Masamvu said lack of fruit processing plants in the district has derailed economic growth and development.

The chairman of the food and nutrition security committee, Mr Forbes Mutsvikiri said despite the abundant agricultural crops and fruits Mutasa district had the highest stunting rate in the province.

It has been noted that locally prepared foods reduce the importation of genetically modified foods which are expensive and do not address the nutritional value of individuals.

The provincial food fair was held under the theme, “Food Security Through Local Dried Fruits and Vegetables – Value Addition my Empowerment”.