Pensioners drawn from giant mining companies in Gwanda district, who benefited from the land reform and resettlement programme, have hailed the government for economically empowering them to be food self-reliant.
This came out during the handover of 2 tonnes of Compound D fertiliser under the US$33 million Presidential Inputs Scheme to 37 families who were resettled at Capithol Block 8 in Collen Bawn.
One of the beneficiaries of the programme, a migrant worker from Malawi who came to Zimbabwe in 1940, Mr. Njomba Banda commended the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe for his visionary leadership that has also seen his compatriots benefiting from the land reform programme.
â€œPresident Mugabeâ€™s vision is commendable, now I own a piece of land and this is bringing food on my table. We also thank the President for giving us inputs this farming season,â€ said Mr. Banda.
Speaking at the same occasion, the Councilor for Ward 22, Cde George Chipengo said the fact that the farmers had put up permanent structures and are effectively using the land is an indication of their commitment to the success of the land reform programme.
â€œIt is commendable that you have managed to put the land to good use, keep up the good work to ensure food security for the nation,â€ Cde Chipengo said.
The farmers appealed to the government for farming implements in order to meet their technical needs.
Matabeleland South province has received 156 tonnes of Compound D and 66 tonnes of AN fertiliser under the Presidential Inputs Scheme meant to benefit communal and A1 farmers.