The Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Dr Joseph Made, has appointed new board members to parastatals under the ministry, after the expiry of the three year lifespan of the previous boards.
The four state enterprises namely, Agribank, the GMB, the Agriculture and Rural Development Authority (ARDA) and the Pig Industry Board will see some new blood injected in their boardrooms although some members have managed to retain their positions.
In the GMB board, Dr Ellen Gwaradzimba, Professor Sheunesu Mupepereki, Mr Ephraim Mugugu, Dr Gift Machengete, Dr Gata and Mr Simon Masanga will join Mr Charles Chikaura, Mr Basilio Sandamu and Mr George Magosvongwe who returned to the board as Chairperson, Vice Chairman and Board Member respectively.
The Pig Industry Board shall see Mr Zvinechimwe Churu retaining the Chairpersonâ€™s position, while Mrs Sylvia Khumalo, Mrs Maideyi Maswi, Dr Unesu Ushewokunze – Obatolu and Fidelis Ngorora will work with Gregory Mupfumira and Naison Zumbika who have retained the Vice Chairperson and Board Member positions respectively.
In the Agribank board, Mr Sijabuliso Biyam has retained his position as Chairperson, while Mr Pfungwa Kunaka, Mrs Daphine Tomana, Mr Thomas Nherera, Mrs Verenica Mutiro and Mr Nyasha Makoni will join Mr Wilson Nyabonda who has been retained as Vice-Chairperson.
Mr Kudakwashe Zata, Mr Somkhosi Malaba and Mr Francis Macheka were also reappointed as board members.
The ARDA board Chairperson, Mr Basil Nyabadza also retained his position.
Addressing the newly appointed and retained members of the boards, Dr Made urged them to turn around the fortunes of the state institutions in the best interest of the public they represent.
â€œYou need to put the needs of the people first. Let us work to build these parastatals rather than destroy them,â€ Dr Made said.
The retained Chairperson of the Agribank board, Mr Sijabuliso Biyam, thanked the Minister for having confidence in his leadership abilities and promised the nation that he was in the process to facilitating loans for A2 farmers.
â€œI am committed to continuing doing the good job for the country, especially the revival of our agricultural sector. We are currently working towards availing loans to the A2 farmers,â€ said Mr Biyam.
The A2 farmers did not get a share from the governmentâ€™s US$30 million input subsidy programme but however, efforts continue to be made to address their plight in a bid to ensure food security in the country.