Clar­ify com­mand agric specifics

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

EDITOR — Com­mand agri­cul­ture sounds quite in­ter­est­ing. Hav­ing tried to read ar­ti­cles on the ini­tia­tive be­fore without grasp­ing the con­cept, I found the ar­ti­cle “Com­mand agric nets 300 000 ha” in­for­ma­tive.

How­ever, there is need for clar­ity on the pro­jected com­mer­cial vi­a­bil­ity of the ini­tia­tive in the in­ter­est of prospec­tive par­tic­i­pants.

Thanks for your re­port, I now have an idea of the ex­pected yield per hectare. If the $500 mil­lion pledged by the Gov­ern­ment is all for the tar­geted land, there is a rea­son­able cost es­ti­mate per hectare.

What I am not sure about is how much Gov­ern­ment will buy the maize at. As some­one will­ing to par­tic­i­pate, how much do I make af­ter get­ting sup­port and sell­ing my pro­duce to Gov­ern­ment? Or is the ini­tia­tive only sub­sis­tence-ori­ented?

I need a full grasp of the com­mer­cial vi­a­bil­ity of this pro­gramme.

I would also imag­ine Gov­ern­ment will buy the maize at a price that al­lows it not to just cover the sup­port, but see­ing as Gov­ern­ment it­self has to bor­row the $500, its obli­ga­tion to cred­i­tors.

Like I said, I will have bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of com­mand agri­cul­ture if I come across an ar­ti­cle where these de­tails are ar­tic­u­lated. Farm­ers need to know what is there in it for them so that they can fully com­mit. Dr New­ton, Via e-mail.

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