Peri-urban farmers have been called on to take agriculture seriously as it contributes significantly to the Zimbabweâ€™s food security and in restoring countryâ€™s bread basket status.
The call to take urban agriculture seriously was made in a speech prepared by the late Harare Metropolitan Governor, Cde David Karimanzira and read on his behalf by the Harare Provincial Administrator, Cde Alfred Tome at a field day held at Green Acres Farm in Harare North District.
In the speech, the late Governor had noted governmentâ€™s wish to restore the countryâ€™s breadbasket status in the SADC region and peri-urban farmers should take on the initiative to contribute to the countryâ€™s food security.
â€œFarming should be taken as business and one can make a descent living out of it,â€ said Cde Tome.
Speaking at the same occasion, the host farmer, Mr. Caleb Mukwiranzou hailed the ZANU-PF initiated black empowerment drive which he said has
The Agritex Officer for Harare North District, Rosalla Ndlovu encouraged farmers to take up peri-urban farming seriously and work together with agriculture experts in order to realise better yields.
The Green Acres farmers, Mr. Mukwiranzou and his wife Sheila said they are expecting a bumper harvest from 15 hectares of maize, 2 hectares of soya beans, 1 hectare of green house tomatoes and 1Â hectare of potatoes.Â Â