morgan-tsvangirai.jpgPrime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says there is urgent need for farmers to adopt intensive methods of agriculture to increase output and enhance the country’s food security. 
Mr Tsvangirai made the remarks when he toured a communal A1 resettled areas in Mazowe, Mount Darwin and Bindura districts in Mashonaland Central Province as part of a government programme to assess the food security situation in the country.
In Mazowe North, the Prime Minister was briefed by the House of Assembly Member, Cde Cairo Mhandu that illegal sanctions by the West have continued to under-mine agricultural growth in the country.
In response, Mr Tsvangirai acknowledged that sanctions are real and should be removed and urged Zimbabweans to remain focused towards national growth and development.
Mr Tsvangirai who also chairs the Cabinet Committee on Aid-ordination and Drought Relief said there is need for a long time plan to mitigate against continued food shortages adding that government has started crafting a national drought response programme.
Mashonaland Central province expects to produce at least 239 000 metric tonnes of maize this summer season which is 40% surplus of the province’s requirement.