onismo gore - mupedzanhamo.jpgThe Zimbabwe Home Industries and Markets Association (ZHIMA) has embarked on an inputs’ support programme for urban farmers who will be assisted with seed and fertilizer ahead of the 2010-2011 summer cropping season.

 

The organisation which represents informal traders from across the country says, it has a tailor-made programme under the projects portfolio which supports urban agriculture as it enhances food security and reduces poverty.

Under the programme registered urban farmers are expected to get seed and fertilizer for this season and also support in the tillage programme.

The urban farmers who have benefitted from the scheme hailed ZHIMA inputs support scheme saying fertilizer was beyond the reach of the majority of farmers.

“The programme is good because we did not have money to buy these inputs, so we will utilize our pieces of land,” said one farmer.

Others who have been engaging in urban agriculture for the past ten years noted that the practice has transformed their lives as they are able to sell surplus to the Grain Marketing Board.

The association’s chairperson Mr. Onesimo Gore said they fully support the government’s policy on organized urban agriculture and will provide critical inputs.

In June 2002, local authorities met in Nyanga where they came out with the Nyanja declaration which acknowledges that urban and peri-urban agriculture contributes to urban food security, poverty reduction, local economic development and sustainable urban development.