£3,7m shot in the arm for Macheke farm­ers

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Manicaland & Mashonaland East News - Itai Mazire Mash East Cor­re­spon­dent

MACHEKE farm­ing com­mu­nity is set to ben­e­fit from £3,7 mil­lion availed by the Euro­pean Union bloc to es­tab­lish Lo­cal Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tees (ledc).

Ad­dress­ing hun­dreds of farm­ers at Macheke Ru­ral District Coun­cil yes­ter­day, Macheke ledc district chair­per­son, Coun­cil­lor Is­rael Ma­liki said the farm­ing com­mu­nity would soon ex­port their pro­duce to Europe.

“Our ob­jec­tives un­der ledc are to trans­act and be sup­pli­ers of all our pro­duce to Europe and be­yond. We now need to set sev­eral com­mit­tees un­der ledc and group our farm­ers ac­cord­ing to what we pro­duce.

“Macheke is a to­bacco farm­ing area, but we also have hor­ti­cul­tural and cat­tle ranch­ing farm­ers in our area. From the fund we will get our purse and our farm­ers will get in­puts and the necessary farm­ing needs un­der ledc,” said Coun­cil­lor Ma­liki.

The Euro­pean Union availed £3,7 mil­lion to five coun­cils countrywide, and oth­ers have since launched their ledcs

In Mashona­land East Prov­ince, Mure­hwa and Mu­toko ru­ral district coun­cils will soon get funds to es­tab­lish ledcs.

Mure­hwa Ru­ral District Coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mr Pet­ros Mhin­durwa said a bulk cen­tre will be set at Mure­hwa Cen­tre so that farm­ers will be able to bring their pro­duce.

“In­vestors are ready for farm­ers to bring their pro­duce, ei­ther its to­bacco, toma­toes or their cat­tle breeds will be brought to Mure­hwa Cen­tre.

“From the bulk cen­tre, pro­duce will find their way to the Euro­pean mar­ket,” he said.

Ward 23 Coun­cil­lor Brighton Mlambo said ledc mem­bers will be ready within the next fort­night.

“In Macheke, ledc will be up and run­ning in the next two weeks and we want our farm­ers to ben­e­fit from the funds.

“We have top notch farm­ers in hor­ti­cul­ture, mar­ket gar­den­ing, to­bacco and cat­tle rear­ing. Th­ese will be the driv­ers of our ledc,” he said.

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