Government has urged the private sector to invest in the country’s irrigation infrastructure to improve agricultural production in the country.

This came out during the official opening of the Manicaland agricultural show.

Speaking at the official opening  of the 109th edition of the Manicaland agricultural show, minister of state for provincial affairs Dr Ellen Gwaradzimba urged the private sector to compliment government efforts in resuscitating and establishing irrigation schemes as a drought mitigation measure.

“ A number of irrigation schemes have been developed and rehabilitated by development partners the government position id that irrigable land should double to raise income and ensure food security to that effect the new dispensation is encouraging the private sector to invest in the country’s irrigation infrastructure to improve agricultural production,” she said.

Manicaland Agricultural show society president Mr Patient Mbarara spoke on the need for stakeholders to embrace technology and enhance productivity.

“A commitment to change and explore ways of enhancing productivity is therefore vital and platforms like these give us the opportunity to network and exchange knowledge so that we come up with ways to change and explore ways of enhanced productivity,” said Mbarara.

The 2019 edition of the Manicaland agricultural saw 180 exhibitors taking part in the annual exhibition, an increase from 146 exhibitors who took part last year.