President Emmerson Mnangagwa has exhorted stakeholders to enhance research competencies to improve all sub sectors in the agriculture sector.

Speaking during the official opening of the 108th edition of the Harare Agricultural Show, the President said the need to constantly improve agriculture productivity coupled with ever increasing market competitiveness requires consistent investment.

He said the country is proud of the event as it offers opportunities for government, business and other stakeholders to network.

“It’s an opportunity for partnerships between government and the private sector. Climate change is a challenge and I urge farmers to fully utilise the water sources in the country and exercise irrigation farming all year round,” he said.

He added that this year’s theme, “Field to Industry: Produce, Connect and Develop” resonates well with his administration’s industrialisation agenda.

President Mnangagwa reaffirmed his government’s commitment to continue supporting the agriculture sector which is the backbone of the country’s economy to make sure the country is food secure. 

“Government will continue with the Command Agriculture and Presidential Input Scheme. The programmes are not election gimmicks but are there to enhance food security, mechanisation and modernisation of agriculture,” he said.

The President, however, challenged the Zimbabwe Agricultural Society to introduce agribusiness conferences to promote research and development in the agriculture sector.