Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa has implored farmers to avoid post harvest loss and stressed the need for farmers and service providers who will ferry the grain to be paid on time.

This comes as the country heads for a bumper harvest this season following the successful implementation of the government command agriculture programme on maize production  and a good rainy season.

Presenting a public lecture titled: ‘Command Agriculture in Zimbabwe: Myths, Lessons and the Future,’ at the Midlands State University (MSU) in Gweru today, Cde Mnangagwa said the government’s concern and interest is that the harvested maize is safely taken to the Grain Marketing Board (GMB).

“The government is committed to ensuring that all contracted grain is transported   to the GMB. To that end, it is incumbent upon every farmers to get the crop out of the field in good condition. Secondly, the road network need a resurfacing blitz to make it passable. It is also vital that we capacitate our farmers by availing them with reliable vehicles to transport the grain, while good rail network should also come in handy in assisting with the bulk transportation of the grain,” he said.

He added that following the successful implementation of the government’s special maize production programme, cabinet recently authorised the introduction of a command livestock programme, targeting beef, dairy and poultry and the production of associated equipment.

Meanwhile, the government is this month set to introduce 1,6million finger lets at Tokwe Mukosi for fisheries projects that will benefit the community.

The public lecture was graced by the Minister of State for Midlands Provincial Affairs Cde Jason Machaya, Foreign Affairs Minister Cde Simbarashe Mumbengegwi and Deputy Minister of Energy and Power Development Cde Tsitsi Muzenda.