Agronomists and biological research experts have urged small and large scale horticulture producers to use greener and sustainable technology to increase yields and high quality produce for the export market.
The call was made at the inaugural horticulture workshop held for players in the horticulture industry at Kutsaga Research Station in Harare.
Green is the way to go for farmers in the small and large scale horticulture industry as the use of soil-less media in nursing seedlings improves quality and enables the produce to penetrate the lucrative international market.
The general manager for the Tobacco Research Board Mrs Dahlia saying it is owing to this realisation that Kutsaga Research Station brought together players in the horticulture industry together to exchange notes.
Agriculture Marketing Authority CEO Rocky Mutena says Zimbabwe has the potential to re-emerge as a global player in the export of horticultural produce, adding that this will transform the economy through employment creation, value edition along the entire chain, and poverty eradication if players adopt enough commitment and focus.
Molecular biologist and researcher Dr Chenjerai Kashangura encouraged farmers in the horticulture industry to adopt the use of organic-based media such as pine bark based soil-less media and floating trays for better yields and quality.
In 2001, Zimbabwe was the 2nd largest exporter of horticulture produce in Africa after Kenya and was the 5th biggest exporter into Europe.
The government through its sound economic policies such as the 10 Point Plan for Economic Growth and ZIM ASSET can revive and expand the important sector to generate more foreign exchange through export.