Farm­ers ap­peals to Gov­ern­ment

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Masvingo Cor­re­spon­dent

HUN­DREDS of small-scale hor­ti­cul­ture farm­ers in the Hwend­edzo Re­set­tle­ment, eastern Masvingo, have ap­pealed to Gov­ern­ment to con­struct a mod­ern mar­ket place for them.

The farm­ers said they have ca­pac­ity to meet Masvingo city’s hor­ti­cul­tural needs by sup­ply­ing cheap pro­duce but are fac­ing chal­lenges in mar­ket­ing their pro­duce.

They are op­er­at­ing from un­des­ig­nated and un­suit­able sites along the Masvingo-Mutare High­way.

One of the farm­ers, Mrs Otilia Chidembo, said they have ca­pac­ity to meet Masvingo city’s fresh veg­eta­bles needs if given the req­ui­site sup­port.

She said they wanted Gov­ern­ment to build a big­ger and bet­ter stalls from where they can sell their pro­duce in hy­gienic con­di­tions.

“This sea­son we have good qual­ity veg­eta­bles but our pro­duce is be­ing af­fected by the weather be­cause most of the time it will be ex­posed to the sun while some­times it ends up be­ing soiled re­sult­ing in cus­tomers re­ject­ing it,” said Mrs Chidembo.

“We ap­peal to Gov­ern­ment to build a suit­able place for us to sell our pro­duce, we have the ca­pac­ity to meet the veg­etable needs of Masvingo city but we do not have a proper place to op­er­ate from.”

An­other farmer, Mrs Prisca Chau­raya said a new mar­ket­ing place equipped with toi­lets would augur well for Hwend­edzo hor­ti­cul­tur­al­ists.

“Cur­rently, we are op­er­at­ing from the road side and there are no toi­lets but the num­ber of farm­ers sell­ing their pro­duce has in­creased be­cause our sphere of in­flu­ence has ex­panded to cover Masvingo city and Mpan­dawana town, we need toi­lets so that we avert dis­ease out­breaks,” said Mrs Chau­raya.

Other farm­ers said con­struc­tion of a mod­ern mar­ket­ing stall equipped with toi­lets would at­tract more farm­ers and help them ex­pand their op­er­a­tions through in­creased rev­enue in­flows.

Most small-scale com­mer­cial farm­ers in Masvingo East have been bat­tling to se­cure proper mar­ket­ing sites in Masvingo city and sur­round­ing ar­eas to sell their pro­duce.

a funeral.

Chimhamhasi took ad­van­tage of his wife’s ab­sence and raped the com­plainant sev­eral times un­til she fell preg­nant.

“On the 4th of Septem­ber this year, the com­plainant di­vulged the or­deal to her guid­ance and coun­selling teacher who made a re­port at Zaka Po­lice Sta­tion,” said Mr Mbavaira.

Chimhamhasi was ar­rested and ad­mit­ted to sex­u­ally abus­ing his daugh­ter.

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