farming in zimbabwe.jpgMore than 1 000 small holder farmers have undergone a ZimTrade agriculture, trade and marketing training project funded by the European Union.

The project funded to the tune of 341 000 Euros seeks to empower small-holder farmers in the country through identifying new markets for their products and currently farmers in six provinces are benefiting from the ZimTrade-European Union project.

ZimTrade Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mr Crispen Tsvarai said currently more than 1 000 farmers have been assisted with identifying markets for their produce and the figure will increase towards the end of the year.

“The project funded by the European Union to the tune of 341 000 Euros has assisted 1100 farmers in 6 provinces who are being trained and linked to various buyers of their products. We are also identifying new markets in the region which have proved to be lucrative for the country’s products,” said Mr Tsvarai.

ZimTrade is the country’s trade promotional body which plays a critical role in linking outside companies with local firms and annually embarks on trade missions in various parts of the world.

This year, exporting firms participated at the Zambia Commercial Agricultural Show and ZimTrade will take companies to Malawi Trade Fair later this year.