The country’s horticulture produce have hit the global market by storm with several companies scrambling for the macadamia nuts for export while crops like avocado, tea, bananas, oranges and peas and others have attracted brisk business.
Several international companies have descended on horticultural farms particularly in Manicaland province in search of lucrative business triggered by horticulture products.
Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister Dr Joseph Made revealed that of major interest is what is fast turning out to be the scramble for the macadamia nuts by companies who are jostling to buy and export the forex-generating nuts overseas.
Horticulture crops like avocado, oranges, peas, chilies, tea among others have also hit the global market by storm, a development Dr Made attributed to the conducive sub-tropical environment for farmers to produce horticulture crops with an original taste and flair as compared to GMOs.
Statistics show that over 92 000 tonnes of horticulture products ranging from oranges, peas, green bean, macadamia, bananas, tea , chilies, among others, have been exported overseas by over 100 companies which have managed to penetrate the global market between January and May this year.
Indications are that with the commissioning of Tokwe-Mukosi dam and the coming into effect of the Command Irrigation and the National Horticulture Authority, production of fresh produce can be turned into a one billion dollar sector.