Polit­buro meets to­day

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Felex Share Harare Bureau

THE Zanu-PF Polit­buro meets in Harare to­day to dis­cuss agri­cul­tural and eco­nomic is­sues ahead of the forth­com­ing sum­mer crop­ping sea­son.

Most farm­ers and re­lated stake­hold­ers have started pre­par­ing for the new sea­son, and Polit­buro de­lib­er­a­tions are ex­pected to cen­tre on progress made es­pe­cially in in­puts dis­tri­bu­tion.

Is­sues af­fect­ing the party and pend­ing dis­ci­plinary cases are also ex­pected to take cen­tre stage.

Zanu-PF sec­re­tary for ad­min­is­tra­tion Cde Ig­natius Chombo yes­ter­day con­firmed to­day’s meet­ing.

“As an­nounced ear­lier on, there are no changes, and the Polit­buro is meet­ing as sched­uled at 10AM at the party’s head­quar­ters in Harare to­mor­row (to­day),” he said.

“We ex­pect mem­bers to be punc­tual. As is the norm, the agenda will be known to the Polit­buro mem­bers first and the me­dia and re­lated stake­hold­ers will only get to know what would have been dis­cussed af­ter the meet­ing.”

Sources, how­ever said the agri­cul­ture sec­tor would be at the fore­front.

“The rains are around the cor­ner and fo­cus of the meet­ing will be on what is be­ing done to en­sure we’ve a good agri­cul­tural sea­son,” said the source.

“We’re ex­pect­ing a brief on is­sues to do with fund­ing and in­puts dis­tri­bu­tion for both the com­mand agri­cul­ture pro­gramme and the Pres­i­den­tial In­put Scheme.”

The Gov­ern­ment last week an­nounced that it had se­cured more than $400 mil­lion to sup­port farm­ers this sea­son, ad­ding that in­puts un­der the com­mand agri­cul­ture and Pres­i­den­tial In­puts Sup­port Schemes were now ready for col­lec­tion from var­i­ous sup­pli­ers.

The in­puts are ex­pected to reach farm­ers coun­try­wide by Oc­to­ber 7.

Un­der the Pres­i­den­tial In­put Scheme, fam­i­lies will get a bag of maize seed, am­mo­nium ni­trate and top dress­ing fer­tilis­ers.

In sup­port of the re­vival of agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion, the Gov­ern­ment also ini­ti­ated the com­mand agri­cul­ture pro­gramme, which is aimed at pro­duc­ing two mil­lion tonnes of maize on 400 000 hectares of land.

Iden­ti­fied farm­ers will be given in­puts, ir­ri­ga­tion and mech­a­nised equip­ment.

The farm­ers work­ing un­der strict su­per­vi­sion, will be re­quired to com­mit five tonnes per hectare to the Gov­ern­ment as re­pay­ment for the in­puts and agri­cul­tural equip­ment.

They will re­tain all sur­plus pro­duce for per­sonal use.

At least 2 000 farm­ers are ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate in the scheme and will sign a per­for­mance con­tract for three con­sec­u­tive grow­ing sea­sons.

The Gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to em­bark on com­mand agri­cul­ture was ne­ces­si­tated by the rise in na­tional food in­se­cu­rity from about 12 per­cent in 2011 to 42 per­cent this year.

On out­stand­ing dis­ci­plinary is­sues, the source said: “The Polit­buro is ex­pected to re­ceive re­ports from the Na­tional Dis­ci­plinary Com­mit­tee chaired by Cde Pa­trick Chi­na­masa while Vice Pres­i­dent Phelekezela Mphoko is also ex­pected to present cases which the Na­tional Ap­peals and Re­view Com­mit­tee would have tack­led. We’ve pend­ing by-elec­tions and the com­mis­sariat depart­ment will give a re­port on the party’s pre­pared­ness.”

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