Japanese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Toshiyuki Iwado

The international community continues to show confidence and support for government policies with Japan unveiling the Zimbabwe Smallholder Horticultural Empowerment and Promotion Project (ZSHEPP) this Tuesday (today).

The launch of the ZSHEPP is a direct response to issues affecting the agriculture sector in Zimbabwe, one of the key pillars of the government’s vision to achieve a middle income economy by 2030.

Japanese Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Toshiyuki Iwado said apart from assisting farmers to produce horticultural products, it also seeks to connect farmers with the entire agriculture value chain.

Speaking for Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement Minister, Retired Air Chief Marshal Perrance Shiri and Deputy Minister Douglas Karoro, applauded the programme as key to meeting the set goals of the Transitional Stabilisation Programme.

The programme originated in Kenya and is now being implemented in 23 African countries with the Zimbabwean pilot programme having been first implemented in Mashonaland East Province in 2014.