Farm­ers urged to adapt to new tech­nol­ogy

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FARM­ERS have been urged to ac­quire ad­e­quate farm­ing skills and knowl­edge that are rel­e­vant in or­der to in­crease pro­duc­tiv­ity and the qual­ity of their out­put so as to com­pete in ex­port mar­kets.

Speak­ing at the Umz­ing­wane Farm­ers Work­shop or­gan­ised by Turn­ing Mata­bele­land Green (TMG) in Esigo­dini yes­ter­day, Ha­mara Foods in­ter­nal agron­o­mist Mr Ge­orge Mlilo en­cour­aged farm­ers to turn farm­ing into busi­ness by en­gag­ing in con­tract farm­ing adding that his com­pany was guar­an­tee­ing them sup­port only if farm­ers show pas­sion and en­gage in train­ing. He lob­bied farm­ers to con­sider bring­ing value chain to all of their pro­duce as farm­ing is the mostly vi­able and ef­fec­tive in­dus­try in the coun­try.

“Be­fore we think of mar­kets there is a need to in­crease our pro­duce and qual­ity of our out­puts, be it cat­tle farm­ing, chicken or maize. We have to up­take train­ing so that we ac­quire farm­ing skills that are rel­e­vant to the cur­rent era of tech­nol­ogy.

“Mar­ket is guar­an­teed if you con­sider con­tract farm­ing and I am happy to let you know that Ha­mara Foods can con­tract you if only you un­dergo cer­tain train­ing that will en­sure qual­ity pro­duce and in­creased pro­duc­tiv­ity, the is­sue is to pro­duce in bulk and bring value chain ad­di­tion,” he said.

Giv­ing a key note ad­dress, Umz­ing­wane Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Re­tired Brigadier-Gen­eral Levi May­ihlome en­cour­aged youths in the area to un­dergo train­ing at Ebenezer in Ma­tobo Dis­trict say­ing that is one of the rea­sons the coun­try is in such an eco­nomic chal­lenges be­cause it is not pro­duc­ing enough. He said farm­ers and youths need to take farm­ing se­ri­ously as it is the back­bone of the econ­omy.

“My wish is that the way we en­gage in agri­cul­ture would be trans­formed in­clud­ing trans­form­ing our col­lege. This will help us to con­trib­ute in the value chain ad­di­tion of this coun­try. The rea­son why this coun­try is in such a cri­sis is be­cause we are not pro­duc­ing enough.

More than 50 farm­ers from Umz­ing­wane at­tended the work­shop. They were en­cour­aged to form clus­ters so as to ac­quire fund­ing from fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions.

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