Women have been urged to derive value from foods, cereals and fruits that they produce and process locally as their organic nature is what is now driving global health issues.

Chirumhanzu-Zibagwe legislator, Cde Auxillia Mnangagwa was part of the crowd that gathered for the provincial food fair in Kwekwe.

Cde Mnanagwa urged women and small holders farmers to scale up on value addition of their locally produced foods and reduce the importation of genetically modified foods (GMO) which are not only expensive but lack nutritional value and pose health hazards.

She encouraged the exhibitors to look beyond home consumptions but instead seek to derive value from their foods through increased value addition and exportation of their products.

The provincial food fair coincided with the official opening of a recreational park which had become a dumping ground and was revamped by women through a partnership with Kwekwe Council.

Cde Mnangagwa praised the women for their initiative and stressed the importance of public private partnerships in fostering development.

The women expressed satisfaction with their efforts saying the sprucing up of the park is going to benefit the community of Kwekwe in numerous ways.

Cde Mnangagwa toured various individual and company stands that were exhibiting at the fair.

This year’s provincial food fair was held under the theme: “Food Security Through Local Dried Fruits and Vegetables – Value Addition my Empowerment”.