The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Lands, Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development is in the process of gathering input from stakeholders on proposals they want to be included in the 2017/2018 national budget.

A consultative meeting held at the Grain Marketing Board Lions Den depot saw stakeholders giving their input on the budget proposals, among the issues the speed implementation of command livestock, decentralisation of tobacco auction floors and improvement on farm mechanisation and irrigation development.

Some proposed that the command agriculture programme should speedly implement the livestock production programme especially in climatic regions not suitable for crop farming.

Others proposed that land boundary disputes be solved urgently as they cause uncertainty to security tenure.

The need for decentralisation of tobacco auction floors was also raised as an issue and so was the need to adequately resource agricultural extension officers.

On farm mechanisation and irrigation development, stakeholders felt that imported equipment be well suited to local conditions.

Calls were also made on government to give back authority to councils to use land levy collections on service delivery.

Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Lands and Agriculture, Christopher Chitindi said the contributions by stakeholders were very informative.

From Lions Den the committee proceeded to Kadoma for more pre-national budget consultations.