ZCFU work­ing on farmer data­base

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Mashonaland Central & West News - Mid­lands Bureau

THE Zim­babwe Com­mer­cial Farm­ers’ Union (ZCFU) is work­ing on com­ing up with a data­base of all farm­ers in the coun­try, in­clud­ing those that fall un­der dif­fer­ent farm­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tions to push for loans and other forms of as­sis­tance both lo­cally and re­gion­ally as a sin­gle unit.

In an in­ter­view, ZCFU pres­i­dent Mr Shadreck Makombe said they were or­gan­is­ing an in­au­gu­ral ind­aba for all farm­ers in the coun­try so that they come up with an ad­vo­cacy com­mit­tee com­posed of rep­re­sen­ta­tives of dif­fer­ent af­fil­i­a­tions across the coun­try.

This, he said, would help them push their con­cerns to Gov­ern­ment and re­gional or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“This meet­ing by all farm­ers as­so­ci­a­tions will be held soon,” said Mr Makombe. “Its main agenda is for us to push for our con­cerns as one force. We are all farm­ers and we have one com­mon goal of pro­duc­ing and tak­ing Zim­babwe back to its po­si­tion as the bread bas­ket of South­ern Africa.

“We have com­mon prob­lems, whether large or smallscale famers, so we want to push for our cause as one en­tity.”

Mr Makombe said af­ter com­ing up with the data base, the com­mit­tee will then vet all the farm­ers and come up with rec­om­men­da­tions on the type of as­sis­tance that each farmer wanted.

“We will be ad­vo­cat­ing for li­cences to be availed to these farm­ers once we have a data base of our mem­bers,” he said. “We want to have a well or­gan­ised com­mit­tee that will be help­ing the farm­ers to im­prove on pro­duc­tiv­ity.”

Mr Makombe said there was need for farm­ers to unite in the face of grow­ing com­pe­ti­tion from other coun­tries that were pro­duc­ing ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied prod­ucts.

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