Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has expressed optimism with the state of preparedeness for the 2010-11 summer cropping season basing on the assurances by seed houses and fertiliser manufacturers.
Mr Tsvangirai, who toured some stands at the Harare Agricultural Show, said with only two months before the onset of the 2010-11 summer cropping season, the suppliers of seed and fertiliser have assured the nation that all the critical inputs are available for farmers across the country.
â€œWe had an opportunity of engaging the ZFC and other suppliers. I think the seed quantity is there. I was assured that in terms of both â€˜ANâ€™ and â€˜Dâ€™ fertiliser there will be adequate supply. The question is how are we able to distribute the inputs for the next season on time to areas far as the rural stores,â€ said PM Tsvangirai.
He was also impressed by the quality of agro-produce and livestock exhibited by farmers who benefitted from the land reform programme, adding that with relevent support the farmers have the potential to ensure food security and enhance export earnings from the sector.
The Prime Minister and his delegation toured various stands such as the Zimbabwe Republic Police, the agricultural produce and inputs sector as well as the Zimbabwe Defence Forces.
He was also appraised about the activities of the Zimbabwe Prison Services by the Commissioner of Prisons, Retired Major-General Paradzai Zimondi.
Of particular interest to the Prime Minister and his delegation were the agricultural stands as the sector remains the backbone of the countryâ€™s economy.
This year’s edition of the Harare Agricultural Show will be officially opened this Friday by the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe.