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Mnangagwa expects food surplus this year

by Staff reporter
14 Feb 2021 at 09:36hrs | Views
ZIMBABWE is on course to achieving food surplus this year, resulting from the Command Agriculture and-PFumvudza/Intwasa programmes which are part of the legacy of the late national hero, Ambassador Douglas Nyikayaramba, President Mnangagwa has said.

Speaking at the National Heroes Acre yesterday, the President said Ambassador Nyikayaramba played a key role in supporting the country's agriculture programmes.

"He leaves this world when the sector which he helped shape and move, has made a very promising performance this season. The impact of the innovative-PFumvudza/Intwasa Programme has been encouraging. Equally, our large-scale commercial farmers have done well.

"We are set for a bumper harvest, taking our nation to full food security, with the possibility of a surplus. In tribute to him, we must continue on this up-and-up agriculture path. Indeed, programmes are underway to ensure that our agriculture sector is climate-proofed through the construction of more dams."

At least 3 million tonnes of maize are expected under the-PFumvudza/Intwasa programme, exceeding national annual requirements of 1,2 million.

Other factors such as the above normal rains are set to ensure the bumper harvest. The successful agricultural season is expected to benefit the economy at large.

The President said the Covid-19 vaccines, whose first batch will arrive into the country tomorrow, will not render the country totally immune to the coronavirus, as preventive measures need to be continued.

Source - sundaymail