The Minister for Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere, has urged the Ministry of Finance to be sensitive to farmersâ€™ plight by increasing funding for agriculture as it is one of the major contributors to the countryâ€™s Gross Domestic Product.Â Â
Cde Kasukuwere says the Finance Ministry should increase funds for the agriculture sector as it is one of the key contributors to the countryâ€™s economy.
He said this at a seed maize field day held at his Corncopia Farm in Mazowe.
Cde Kasukuwere urged the Minister of Finance, Mr. Tendai Biti, to stop using party politics to derail the land reform exercise as it is a government initiative which deserves support in order to boost the countryâ€™s economy.
He said, â€œAll over the world the agricultural sector is supported by government. Farmers need to get loans to increase productivity on their farms.â€
Cde Kasukuwere has planted 28ha of seed maize this at his farm this season.
The field day was attended by Deputy Minister for Education, Sport, Arts and Culture, Cde Lazarus Dokora, the ZANU PF Mashonaland Central leadership and farmers within the area.Â
Provincial Administrator for Mashonaland Central, Josphat Jaji, who was also at the field day, said despite the economic sanctions imposed on the country and lack of funding from the financial sector, Zimbabweâ€™s land reform has been successful.
â€œThe land reform has empowered the black majority. Some of our farmers have been outstanding and can do even better if resources are availed,â€ he said.
After years of drought, crippling sanctions and sabotage by western powers, Zimbabweâ€™s agrarian reform programme is now successfully moving towards increasing productivity.
Last season, tobacco farmers delivered 123 million kilogrammes of the golden leaf, with 170 killogrammes projected this year.
Maize production also rose to 1.3 million tonnes up from 1.2 million in the previous year.