The government has set up new agriculture parastatals to drive the revival of irrigation systems and horticultural production at strategic farms countywide.

The Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Authority will focus on irrigation development, while the National Horticulture Authority will spearhead the revival of the once vibrant horticulture sector.

The Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Dr Joseph Made said the setting up of the two new arms of agriculture is in line with the government’s drive to mechanise productive farmers to boost yields and horticulture exports which used to be the largest forex earner for the country.

The Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Cde Christopher Chitindi said the establishment of the two new agriculture parastatals is a step in the right direction, which will complement the success story of command agriculture programme.

Zimbabwe used to be the number one exporter of horticulture produces in the region but has lost its status to Kenya, Zambia and South Africa.