horticulture_centre_gardens.jpgZimbabwe is targeting to generate US$200 million annually through a cut-flower revitalisation programme which has a ready market in Europe.

The cut-flower revitalisation project will entail expansion of the horticulture programme by 1000 hectares with a potential revenue of US$200 million annually.

Speaking during the closing ceremony of the International Horticulture and Floriculture Trade Fair, the Minister of State in Vice President Kembo Mohadi’s Office Cde Davies Marapira said the sector holds vast potential to increase exports.

“Government has plans to expand rosses programme by 1000 hectares to generate US$200 million annually. The programme is set to spread over a five year period,” he said.

Organisers of the conference, shared strong sentiments that Zimbabwe has what it takes to become one of Africa’s top horticulture producers and exporters.

Horticulture production used to be Zimbabwe’s third largest foreign currency earner after tobacco and cotton but declined over the past years.