The adoption of new technologies and innovations has been cited as critical in Zimbabwe whose economy is anchored on agriculture.

It is against this background that the 7th annual national Agri-business Conference held yesterday (Wednesday) at the ongoing Zimbabwe Agricultural Show focused mainly on accelerating agricultural development through sustainable funding.

Speaking at the conference, the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement, Retired Air Chief Marshal Perrence Shiri said Zimbabwe’s agricultural sustenance should be anchored in the fast adoption of technology, innovation and modernisation of the sector.

“The government is very much aware of the importance of agricultural productivity hence it is channeling requisite resources into this critical sector,” he said.

Finance and Economic Development Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube revealed that ZWL$3 billion has been set aside for the 2019/20 farming season with the aim of creating financial linkages with the private sector to achieve the goals of the transitional stabilisation programme.

“Financial intervention on the agriculture industry is of paramount importance to the well being of Zimbabwe therefore we are opening a lot of avenues to increase productivity,” he said.

A marketing consultant attending the conference, Mr Joe Mkandla said the adoption of technology, innovation and modernisation in the agricultural sector will not only increase production but help minimise the damage of natural disasters such as drought and tropical cyclones.

“As stakeholders in the agricultural sector we are encouraging the adoption of the new agriculture technologies to decisively deal with vagaries of climate change,” he said.

The innovative practices and technologies may very well prove to be more than just the future of farming and agriculture but may also be key to the survival of the human race in Zimbabwe whose agriculture is the backbone of its economy.