VP Mnan­gagwa ap­peals for agric part­ner­ships

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Paidamoyo Chipunza Harare Bureau

THE Govern­ment is ap­peal­ing to de­vel­op­ment part­ners for col­lab­o­ra­tion in the agri­cul­ture and agro-in­dus­try value chain sec­tors to en­sure food and nu­tri­tion se­cu­rity for its cit­i­zens, Vice Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa has said.

In a speech read on his be­half by In­for­ma­tion, Me­dia and Broad­cast­ing Ser­vices Min­is­ter Dr Christo­pher Mushohwe in Harare yes­ter­day, VP Mnan­gagwa said while the coun­try had made sig­nif­i­cant progress in at­tain­ment of uni­ver­sal pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion, gen­der equal­ity and em­pow­er­ment of women and com­bat­ing HIV and Aids, malaria and other dis­eases, more still needed to be done to re­duce poverty.

He said there was there­fore a need to vig­or­ously sup­port the agri­cul­ture sec­tor to im­prove pro­duc­tiv­ity in line with Zim-As­set and the 10 Point Plan.

“Let me take this op­por­tu­nity to in­vite and ex­hort all po­ten­tial part­ners of im­mense pos­si­bil­i­ties for col­lab­o­ra­tion ex­ist­ing in Zim­babwe’s agri­cul­ture sec­tor and along the agro-in­dus­try value chain,” said VP Mnan­gagwa.

He said Govern­ment was com­mit­ted to en­sure food and nu­tri­tion se­cu­rity for its cit­i­zens as out­lined in the na­tional Con­sti­tu­tion re­gard­less of po­lit­i­cal per­sua­sion or af­fil­i­a­tion.

Apart from the agri­cul­ture sec­tor, VP Mnan­gagwa said the coun­try must also con­tinue its ef­forts to re­duce ma­ter­nal mor­tal­ity and the bur­den of HIV, put in place ef­fec­tive so­cial pro­tec­tion mea­sures, im­prove the qual­ity of the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and con­tinue ef­forts in women eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment.

VP Mnan­gagwa said Govern­ment would also pri­ori­tise strength­en­ing mo­bil­i­sa­tion and tar­geted ef­fec­tive util­i­sa­tion of do­mes­tic re­sources to com­ple­ment ef­forts by de­vel­op­ment part­ners and other well wish­ers since il­le­gal sanc­tions im­posed on the coun­try were hurt­ing the econ­omy thereby con­strain­ing the coun­try to achieve Agenda 2030 goals. “De­spite the cur­rent lim­ited fis­cal space we are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing, do­mes­tic re­source mo­bil­i­sa­tion an­chored on sus­tained eco­nomic growth and sup­ported by an en­abling macroe­co­nomic en­vi­ron­ment, is the key means of fi­nanc­ing the post-2015 Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals,” he said.

Speak­ing at the same oc­ca­sion, UN res­i­dent co­or­di­na­tor Mr Bishow Para­juli, said the UN fam­ily to­gether with its de­vel­op­men­tal part­ners and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity would con­tinue to mo­bilise sup­port for Zim­babwe.

He said in their col­lab­o­ra­tive re­sponse to the pre­vail­ing drought sit­u­a­tion, they have so far mo­bilised about $191 mil­lion out of an ap­peal of $352 mil­lion.

Mr Para­juli said this as­sis­tance had reached out to 1,5 mil­lion peo­ple who were in greater need of food as­sis­tance and was ex­pected to reach out to over three mil­lion peo­ple at the peak of the lean sea­son.

“Our as­sis­tance is tar­geted to the most vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties in line with the uni­ver­sal hu­man­i­tar­ian prin­ci­ples of hu­man­ity, neu­tral­ity, in­de­pen­dence and im­par­tial­ity,” he said.

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