‘Let us pre­pare for an­other bumper harvest’

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

PRES­I­DENT Mu­gabe yes­ter­day urged Zim­bab­weans to pre­pare for the forth­com­ing agri­cul­tural sea­son with ‘se­ri­ous’ de­ter­mi­na­tion and en­sure an­other suc­cess­ful sum­mer crop­ping sea­son. The Zanu-PF First Sec­re­tary and Pres­i­dent made the call dur­ing his opening re­marks at the rev­o­lu­tion­ary party’s 312th Polit­buro meet­ing held in Harare.

Zanu-PF national spokesper­son Cde Si­mon Khaya Moyo said Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe urged farmers to be on the ground and build on the suc­cess recorded dur­ing the last farm­ing sea­son.

“He stated that the rainy sea­son was once again upon us and there was a need to start se­ri­ous prepa­ra­tions for the 2017/18 agri­cul­tural sea­son,” he said.

Gov­ern­ment has al­ready be­gun mov­ing in­puts with about 45 000 tonnes of seed maize and fer­tilis­ers be­ing dis­trib­uted to Grain Mar­ket­ing Board (GMB) de­pots across the coun­try for on­ward trans­mis­sion to in­tended ben­e­fi­cia­ries. Farmers are ex­pected to start col­lect­ing the farm­ing in­puts next week. Gov­ern­ment will this sea­son con­tinue with the Com­mand Agri­cul­ture ini­tia­tive and is tar­get­ing to put 290 000 hectares un­der maize. An­other 60 000 hectares will be put un­der soy­abeans.

Cde Khaya Moyo said the party’s sec­re­tary for ad­min­is­tra­tion Cde Ig­natius Chombo up­dated the Polit­buro on the prepa­ra­tions for the 17th National Peo­ple’s Con­fer­ence slated for Gwanda in De­cem­ber.

“In view of the com­ing 2018 har­monised elec­tions, con­sul­ta­tions are pro­gress­ing with prov­inces to oil the Zanu-PF ma­chin­ery so that we can win the elec­tions thun­der­ously,” he said.

“Fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties are also in full swing. You will be ad­vised of de­vel­op­ments as we gear our­selves to­wards the elec­tions. Our fo­cus is thor­oughly on the said elec­tions.”

Cde Khaya Moyo said national com­mis­sar Cde Ka­sukuwere pre­sented a re­port on the bio­met­ric voter reg­is­tra­tion sem­i­nars the party held coun­try­wide.

“He re­ported that a team of se­nior party mem­bers led by Cde Chombo re­cently went around the coun­try, vis­it­ing the 10 prov­inces and hold­ing sem­i­nars,” he said.

“The sem­i­nars were meant to ed­u­cate pro­vin­cial lead­ers on bio­met­ric voter reg­is­tra­tion sys­tem in­clud­ing in­for­ma­tion dis­sem­i­na­tion and the role of war veter­ans in national devel­op­ment. These sem­i­nars were pro­duc­tive and in­for­ma­tion given is cas­cad­ing to dis­tricts and down to the grass­roots.”

Cde Khaya Moyo added: “The national com­mis­sar thanked the sec­re­tary for ad­min­is­tra­tion who was re­cently Home Af­fairs Min­is­ter for al­low­ing the pub­lic to ac­cess iden­ti­fi­ca­tion doc­u­ments for free even though for a lim­ited pe­riod. This, he said, will as­sist po­ten­tial vot­ers in a large mea­sure.”

He said sec­re­tary for ex­ter­nal re­la­tions Cde Sim­barashe Mum­bengegwi pre­sented a re­port on the re­cently held Bi-National Com­mis­sion be­tween Zim­babwe and South Africa. The Com­mis­sion was held in Pre­to­ria last week. “He gave a com­pre­hen­sive po­lit­i­cal re­port on the said meet­ing,” said Cde Khaya Moyo.

“The sec­re­tary for indi­geni­sa­tion and eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment, Cde Mike Bimha gave a de­tailed pre­sen­ta­tion as well on eco­nomic mat­ters dis­cussed by the Com­mis­sion. The sec­re­tary for war veter­ans and Min­is­ter of De­fence Cde Syd­ney Sek­era­mayi also gave a re­port to some ex­tent on the il­le­gal min­ing ac­tiv­i­ties by Zim­bab­weans in South Africa. It is how­ever pleas­ing to note that de­fence and se­cu­rity re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries were very cor­dial.”

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