The private sector has been called upon to join hands with the state in the establishment of vibrant provincial economies anchored on agriculture activities in line with the national goal of achieving inclusive as well as sustainable economic growth.

Zimbabwe which is seeking to achieve improved competitiveness has been challenged to promote and harness provincial comparative advantages in the agriculture sector.

This emerged at the ongoing 2017 Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) annual congress.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Cde Paddy Zhanda told the gathering that key to unlocking the potential of the agriculture sector lies in the promotion of provincial economies anchored on the agro-related activities such as baking, milling and dairy farming.

According to the cabinet minister, the support from the private sector has been disappointing and encouraged industry to increase funding towards the agriculture which is the source of most raw materials for the manufacturing industry.

ARDA board chairperson, Mr Basil Nyabadza highlighted the need for a value chain approach and increased research in boosting productivity across the sector.

Meanwhile, the government has assured the private sector of its sound policy interventions geared at stimulating increased activities in the agriculture sector and consolidating the gains registered to date.