Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces and Zanu PF First Secretary, President Robert Mugabe has launched the 2011-2012 Presidential Well Wishers Special Agricultural Inputs Scheme at Zanu PF headquarters in Harare.The 2011-2012 Presidentâ€™s Well Wishers Special Inputs Scheme is the 4th such project since the programme was launched in 2008.
The scheme is in support of small-scale farmers at subsistence level as part of the partyâ€™s vision to support livelihoods and empowerment policies.
The programme is also aimed at supporting the land reform at a time when some inclusive government partners are reluctant to fund agriculture.
The scheme will also promote food security in households and at national levels.
Addressing members of the central committee and the politburo as well as provincial governors and chiefs who witnessed the launch, Cde Mugabe said the success of the scheme gives people confidence in themselves and satisfies the political obligation of ensuring the success and deepening of Zimbabweâ€™s social revolution.
“As leaders, our duty is to function as the hyphen linking the populace with national resources in a manner that gives the people new meanings to their lives, meanings flowing from self interpretation and self actualisation. We realise that we only give people’s lives meaning when we commit ourselves, as we are doing here, to achive concrete results,” he said.
“Any household that attains self-sustenance, finds a fresh meaning to its life. Food security at household and national levels gives content to the great historical social transformation we embarked on through the instrumentality of the land reform programme,” added President Mugabe.
The Presidential Well Wishers Special Agricultural Inputs Scheme for 2011-2012 will benefit 712 400 households countrywide with inputs worth US$27 million.
Of these beneficiaries, 616 000 will receive food input packs while 96 400 will be given cotton inputs.
The inputs have been put into four categories with the first constituting 10kg packs of maize seed totalling 6 000 tonnes and fertiliser to be distributed countrywide.
The second is made up of 964 tonnes of cotton seed packs to be distributed in cotton-growing areas while the 3rd category has small grains such as millet, sorghum, cowpeas, peanuts and sugar beans amounting to 400 tonnes.
The 4th category constitutes of cattle dip to the tune of US$500 000 per province in the livestock producing areas of Matabeleland North and South.