Mat North farm­ers ben­e­fit from Brazil loan fa­cil­ity

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pamela Shumba Se­nior Reporter

FARM­ERS in Bubi, Mata­bele­land North prov­ince have re­ceived six trac­tors pro­vided un­der Brazil’s $98 mil­lion More Food for Africa Pro­gramme.

Vice Pres­i­dent Phelekezela Mphoko yes­ter­day com­mis­sioned the trac­tors in Mput­shini re­set­tle­ment area and em­pha­sised the need to em­brace de­vel­op­ment and utilise re­sources pro­vided by the Govern­ment to achieve food se­cu­rity.

“We re­ceived trac­tors from China about 10 years ago and they dis­ap­peared. The Re­serve Bank of Zim­babwe dis­trib­uted an­other batch of trac­tors and we’re not seeing them to­day. I don’t want the same to hap­pen to th­ese trac­tors that I’m com­mis­sion­ing to­day,” said VP Mphoko.

“Th­ese trac­tors have been sent here by Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe through the loan fa­cil­ity from Brazil.

“They are meant to as­sist ev­ery­body in their farms so that we pro­duce our own food here in Bubi.”

VP Mphoko warned vil­lagers against abus­ing the trac­tors, say­ing they were only meant for farm­ing to erad­i­cate hunger.

“We want con­ti­nu­ity with th­ese trac­tors. We’ll not ac­cept a sit­u­a­tion where they only work for one sea­son and break down due to abuse.

“They will not be used to trans­port peo­ple, fire­wood or water but farm­ing only.

“We have to help each other in mak­ing sure that th­ese trac­tors are safe be­cause they have to be used for the next gen­er­a­tion,” said VP Mphoko.

He said the Govern­ment was com­mit­ted to erad­i­cat­ing hunger.

VP Mphoko do­nated fuel to wid­ows and vul­ner­a­ble fam­i­lies in the area to as­sist them in the till­ing of the land in prepa­ra­tion for the farm­ing sea­son.

He urged farm­ers not to be too am­bi­tious by plant­ing crops that are not suit­able for the soil and cli­mate in the area.

The Deputy Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture, Mech­a­ni­sa­tion and Ir­ri­ga­tion De­vel­op­ment, re­spon­si­ble for crops, Davis Mara­pira said the Govern­ment was aware of water prob­lems faced by the peo­ple in Mata­bele­land North.

He said ef­forts were un­der­way to fa­cil­i­tate the con­struc­tion of dams and sink bore­holes in the area.

“We have to bring water to this prov­ince. We’re try­ing to raise funds so that we can work with the District De­vel­op­ment Fund and other depart­ments to make sure that water is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble.

“Once funds are avail­able, this will be achieved through the con­struc­tion of dams and sink­ing of bore­holes,” said Deputy Min­is­ter Mara­pira.

He urged vil­lagers to work hard and utilise avail­able re­sources.

MP for Bubi, Cde Clif­ford Sibanda who is also the Min­is­ter of State in Vice-Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa’s of­fice, said the com­mis­sion­ing of the trac­tors was timely as farm­ers were prepar­ing for the 2016/2017 farm­ing sea­son.

“The Cab­i­net meet­ing of July 20, 2016, made a de­ci­sion to em­bark on com­mand agri­cul­ture, a pro­gramme that is meant to en­sure food se­cu­rity and grain sup­ply self-suf­fi­ciency, within the next four sea­sons.

“The pro­gramme is be­ing im­ple­mented un­der the guid­ance of the food and se­cu­rity and nu­tri­tion Cab­i­net com­mit­tee and is run from the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent and Cab­i­net,” said Cde Sibanda. — -@ pame­lashumba1 the

Vice Pres­i­dent Phelekezela Mphoko (right) stresses a point af­ter com­mis­sion­ing trac­tors for the first tillage pro­gramme at Md­lawuzo, Mput­shini re­set­tle­ment area in Bubi District yes­ter­day. Look­ing on (from left), are Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Bubi Cde Clif­ford Sibanda and Deputy Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture, Mech­a­ni­sa­tion and Ir­ri­ga­tion De­vel­op­ment (in charge of crop pro­duc­tion) Cde Davis Mara­pira

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Zimbabwe

© PressReader. All rights reserved.