bags of fertilisers 2 -04-08-10.jpgAt least 600 hundred youths plying their trade at the fourth street bus terminus in Harare, have become the latest beneficiaries under the US$33 million dollar Presidential Inputs Scheme.

 

With favorable rains being received countrywide and the free inputs being distributed under the Presidential well-wishers agriculture inputs support programme, prospects are high that the country’s food security at both household and national level will be guaranteed.

 

Harare District Coordinating Committee DCC 4 chairman cde jason passadi said they decided to give part of the fertilizer to some youths operating at the fourth street bus terminus after they indicated that they were also involved in peri urban agriculture.

 

Upfumi Kuvadiki Secretary General, Tatenda Marodza said his organization has teamed up with DCC 4 leadership, after the realisation that many youths were interested in venturing into small businesses but lacked the know-how.

 

Some of the beneficiaries thanked the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defense Forces, President Robert Mugabe, for selecting certain constituencies to benefit from the scheme, but for according every Zimbabwean a chance to enhance food security in their households. 
     
The US$33 million Presidential programme,  is expected to see over half a million beneficiaries recover from the effects of illegal sanctions and droughts experienced over the past years.

 

Statistics from the Ministry of the Agriculture indicate that 560 000 families ranging from communal to A1 farmers, have so far benefited from the input scheme, a brain child of  President Robert Mugabe.

 

In addition to seed maize, fertilisers and small grains seed, the inputs scheme which shot up from US$10 million last year to US$33 million has expanded to include cotton and livestock, a move that is expected to assist the bulk of communal and A1 farmers to recover from the debilitating effects of a drought that hit the country over the past years.

 

President Robert Mugabe also spearheaded the land reform program which has benefitted more than 300 000 families.