The government says it is committed to ensuring that farmers access quality and affordable seed for the country to attain food self sufficiency and security.
In an interview during the signing ceremony of two seed companies’ collaboration in the capital, the Deputy Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement Honourable Vangelis Haritatos said the government is aware of high prices of farming inputs, hence the need to extend the Command Agriculture and Presidential schemes.
“When farmers fail to buy inputs at a lower cost they will not be able to produce enough to feed the nation and as the government, we assist with schemes such as Command Agriculture,” said Cde Haritatos.
Mr Caiaphas Muyambo country lead for Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Malawi Corteva Agriscience and Valley Seeds CEO, Mr Temba Nkatazo said they are prepared to produce quality seed which suit all the country’s agricultural regions.
The strategic collaboration of the two seed companies is meant to enable food security in the country through the production of drought tolerant seed to mitigate the effects of climate change.