Fu­ture bright for Zim: ED Com­mand Agri­cul­ture tar­gets 1,8 mil­lion house­holds

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WESTERN coun­tries have started warm­ing up to Zim­babwe’s calls for re-en­gage­ment with Bri­tain, France and Ger­many ex­press­ing their ea­ger­ness to do busi­ness with the coun­try in the af­ter­math of a free, fair and cred­i­ble elec­tion, spell­ing a fu­ture filled with hope for the coun­try, Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa said yes­ter­day.

Speak­ing to mul­ti­tudes of peo­ple gath­ered at Lundi Pri­mary School in Ma­panzure, Zvisha­vane in his home area to cel­e­brate his vic­tory, the Pres­i­dent said the three eco­nomic pow­er­houses of Europe fi­nally en­dorsed the coun­try’s elec­tions whose out­come was de­cided by the Con­sti­tu­tional Court af­ter the MDC Al­liance re­fused de­feat and have ex­pressed in­ter­est to re-en­gage in line with his mantra of open­ing the coun­try for busi­ness to who­ever was se­ri­ous.

“France and Ger­many have sent min­is­ters to con­grat­u­late us and they in­di­cated that they want to re-en­gage with us. This shows that we are go­ing in the right di­rec­tion, it is an in­di­ca­tor that we are go­ing to have a bright fu­ture as a coun­try.

“They de­manded that we sit down and map a pos­i­tive way for­ward. I have met Bri­tain rep­re­sen­ta­tives for the sec­ond time now and we are hope­ful that there is light where we are go­ing.”

The elec­tions, he said, were ob­served by the EU, Amer­ica, UN and other in­ter­ested ob­servers re­gion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally and they en­dorsed the elec­tions. Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa said now that the elec­tions were done and dusted, the work ahead was that of get­ting the econ­omy on track through open­ing lines for global cap­i­tal to start trick­ling into the coun­try.

He said the coun­try’s fu­ture was bright as his re-en­gage­ment ef­forts that he started last year had al­ready started to pay div­i­dends.

“We now need to work so that both the eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal re­forms that we have put in place re­alise their fruits. We want to con­tinue en­gag­ing with the world so that we get all the re­sources we need to build our coun­try. So I in­vite ev­ery­one in­ter­ested in as­sist­ing build­ing this great na­tion to come for­ward and con­trib­ute,” he said.

He added that global pow­er­houses like China and the Euro­pean Union have stood ready to as­sist the coun­try’s so­cio-eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion agenda that speaks to the spirit of the party’s man­i­festo.

He said the en­dorse­ment of the elec­tions by demo­cratic in­sti­tu­tions such as Sadc, the African Union and the EU gave the coun­try the much needed im­pe­tus and con­fi­dence to en­gage the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity for eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal co-op­er­a­tion.

He said so far the coun­try had man­aged in­vest­ment com­mit­ments worth US$16 bil­lion, adding that it was a mile­stone that the coun­try should be proud of as the amount was reached at in less than a year.

The Head of State and Govern­ment also lauded the all weather co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Zim­babwe and China say­ing af­ter his in­au­gu­ra­tion he went to China with other African lead­ers for the Fo­cac (Fo­rum on China-Africa Co-op­er­a­tion) meet­ing.

“The Chi­nese gave Africa $60 bil­lion meant for in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment and we hope to ben­e­fit from that fund. I also had a meet­ing with Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and we agreed on a num­ber of is­sues, but they are not for the press.”

He said the Govern­ment was go­ing to give farm­ing in­puts to 1,8 mil­lion house­holds from the Com­mand Agri­cul­ture Pro­gramme and the Pres­i­den­tial In­put Scheme and urged those that are go­ing to ben­e­fit not to sale the in­puts say­ing if they do so they were go­ing to be ar­rested.

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa added that in light of the need to em­power women and youths, the Govern­ment set up the Women and Youths Banks from where the two groups can ac­cess loans.

He added that the Govern­ment was se­ri­ous about set­ting up ir­ri­ga­tion pro­grammes so that there was not go­ing to be food se­cu­rity is­sues in the coun­try.

The Pres­i­dent pointed out that the Com­mand Agri­cul­ture and Eco­nomic clus­ters of the coun­try were now un­der the su­per­vi­sion of Vice Pres­i­dent Rtd Gen­eral Con­stantino Chi­wenga.

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Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa chats to First Lady Amai Aux­ilia Mnan­gagwa dur­ing his Pres­i­den­tial elec­tion vic­tory rally at Lundi Pri­mary School in Ma­panzure, Zvisha­vane yes­ter­day

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