Part­ner lo­cal farm­ers: In­dus­try urged

The Manica Post - - Local News/advertorial - Busi­ness Re­porter

GOVERN­MENT has called on in­dus­try to part­ner lo­cal farm­ers and im­prove pro­duc­tion of crit­i­cal raw ma­te­ri­als needed for the re­vival of the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor that has be­come over-re­liant on im­ports.

Speak­ing at a break­fast meet­ing with cap­tains of in­dus­try last week, In­dus­try and Com­merce Min­is­ter Man­gal­iso Ndlovu said Govern­ment was par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in value chain anal­y­sis to stim­u­late such growth.

“As in­dus­try we will find our­selves fac­ing a myr­iad of chal­lenges, we have to come up with al­ter­na­tive ways of part­ner­ing with our sup­pli­ers, the agri­cul­ture sec­tor, to im­prove pro­duc­tion and fa­cil­i­tate the growth of our op­er­a­tions. This will also guar­an­tee the avail­abil­ity of raw ma­te­ri­als for our op­er­a­tions and re­duce re­liance on the Re­serve Bank for for­eign cur­rency al­lo­ca­tions.

‘‘If our pri­mary pro­duc­tion does not per­form well, we will im­port more of th­ese prod­ucts to feed the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor,” he said.

Min­is­ter Ndlovu said for in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion to take off, there should be sig­nif­i­cant growth in agri­cul­ture and min­ing, which feed into the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor.

He said Man­i­ca­land could po­ten­tially drive the re­vival of the econ­omy if all the avail­able re­sources were fully ex­ploited.

“I wish to en­cour­age and chal­lenge all of us to put our heads to­gether to say in spite of chal­lenges, how do we pro­pel Man­i­ca­land to its right­ful place. How does Man­i­ca­land con­tribute to the in­dus­trial re­vival and growth of our econ­omy be­cause l be­lieve that this is the prov­ince that should in­deed lead the way,” he said.

“We know we will be em­brac­ing de­vo­lu­tion very soon, and what is im­por­tant about de­vo­lu­tion is that as a prov­ince, we have to be able to cal­cu­late our GDP. This com­pet­i­tive spirit, which I hope we will all em­brace should see Man­i­ca­land re­alise its full po­ten­tial. We be­lieve that this prov­ince has a crit­i­cal role to play in the re­vival and growth of our econ­omy. We have there­fore to ig­nite con­ver­sa­tions among our­selves around our con­tri­bu­tion, lev­er­ag­ing on the ex­ist­ing struc­tures in tea, fruits, tim­ber, forestry, macadamia and av­o­ca­dos, and po­ta­toes,” he said.

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