Zim to re­gain bread bas­ket sta­tus —ED

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Free­dom Mu­panedemo in SHURUGWI

PRES­I­DENT Mnan­gagwa yes­ter­day said Zim­babwe was on track to re­gain its bread bas­ket sta­tus ow­ing to the highly suc­cess­ful Com­mand Agri­cul­ture Pro­gramme.

Speak­ing at the burial of Sekuru Phineas Tag­wirei, fa­ther to Sakunda Hold­ings di­rec­tor Mr Ku­dak­washe Tag­wirei at the Tag­wirei home­stead here, Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa said Zim­babwe kissed hunger goodbye when it em­barked on Com­mand Agri­cul­ture with the sup­port of Sakunda Hold­ings.

“As the coun­try con­tin­ues to face per­sis­tent years of droughts, we sat as Gov­ern­ment and said we are a blessed coun­try tucked be­tween Zam­bezi and Lim­popo river so why droughts?

“We then thought of Com­mand Agri­cul­ture and to­gether with our part­ners Sakunda Hold­ings, the coun­try is do­ing well in food se­cu­rity,” said the Pres­i­dent.

He thanked Mr Tag­wirei and Sakunda Hold­ings for as­sist­ing Gov­ern­ment by fund­ing Com­mand Agri­cul­ture.

“He (Mr Tag­wirei) is my nephew, so is the de­ceased. But we are here as Gov­ern­ment mourn­ing the loss be­cause of the con­tri­bu­tion that the Tag­wirei fam­ily is mak­ing to our econ­omy. Yes, we must mourn and curse death but we must also cel­e­brate life and the good job that this fam­ily is do­ing to the coun­try.”

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa said Zim­babwe was an agrar­ian econ­omy util­is­ing land to fight drought.

He said Zim­babwe un­der Com­mand Agri­cul­ture had mas­tered the art of farm­ing and droughts will now be a thing of the past.

“We now know how many hectares of land to put the crop for us to have enough food to

feed the coun­try. We now know the num­ber ir­ri­gated farms. We also need to have enough food for the na­tion.

“This is all be­cause of the ex­per­tise that we gath­ered un­der Com­mand Agri­cul­ture so we no longer have prob­lem of droughts in the coun­try,” he said. The Pres­i­dent re­it­er­ated the need for unity among Zimbabweans.

He said peo­ple should shun hate speech and learn to ac­com­mo­date each other.

“Ev­ery time a get a plat­form to ad­dress a gather­ing, I preach peace and unity es­pe­cially in our party ZANU-PF. I have heard some ped­dling hate speech at their gath­er­ings but I say to them let that de­monic spirit leave them. Let there be peace,” said Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa. He said the Tag­wirei fam­ily should find com­fort in the huge num­bers of mourn­ers and the role it had played in en­sur­ing food se­cu­rity in the coun­try.

“Some peo­ple are known for their bad deeds but some like the late Sekuru Tag­wirei are known for the good deeds as ev­i­denced by the huge num­ber of peo­ple who have come to mourn with you.

“You must find com­fort in that,” he said.

Mr Tag­wirei thanked Gov­ern­ment and the Pres­i­dent for mak­ing time to mourn with the fam­ily.

“We have different gifts and we com­ple­ment each other for us to suc­ceed. This is what we are do­ing with Com­mand Agri­cul­ture with the Pres­i­dent lead­ing us as the head,” he said.

— (Pic­ture by John Man­zongo)

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa con­soles Mr Ku­dak­washe Tag­wirei while flanked by Vice Pres­i­dent Con­stantino Chi­wenga be­fore the burial of the busi­ness­man’s fa­ther, Sekuru Phineas Tag­wirei, in Shurugwi yes­ter­day.

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