Rusape woman scoops farm­ing award

The Manica Post - - Local News - Love­more Kadzura Rusape Cor­re­spon­dent

COM­MU­NAL farm­ers in Man­i­ca­land must take part in agri­cul­tural shows where vi­tal in­for­ma­tion is shared with other es­tab­lished farm­ers, a Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial has said.

This was said by Min­is­ter of State for Man­i­ca­land Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs Dr Ellen Gwaradz­imba, who was rep­re­sented by di­rec­tor in her of­fice Mr Ter­rence Ma­cho­cho, at the han­dover cer­e­mony of a planter and a maize sheller won by com­mu­nal farmer Mrs Pauline Kumwara, of Ward 35, Chien­dambuya, in Makoni North.

Mrs Kumwara came sec­ond at the Harare Agri­cul­tural show and won a planter val­ued at US$25 000.

The prize was spon­sored by min­ing gi­ant ZIMPLATS while the sheller was spon­sored by Seedco.

“It is im­por­tant for farm­ers to par­tic­i­pate at these shows to learn about crop and live­stock man­age­ment prac­tices from each other and to net­work. These shows pro­vide a learn­ing and op­por­tu­ni­ties plat­form as they bring to­gether stake­hold­ers in the agri­cul­tural value chain from seed houses, chem­i­cal and fer­tiliser sup­pli­ers and equip­ment providers to fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions and mar­ket­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“Par­tic­i­pa­tion at agri­cul­tural shows is not for a few se­lect, but for ev­ery­one. I urge farm­ers to take ad­van­tage of this im­por­tant plat­form pro­vided by the Zim­babwe Agri­cul­tural Show so­ci­ety and Man­i­ca­land Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety.

“Mrs Kumwara has done the prov­ince proud by scoop­ing the sec­ond prize in the agri-pro­duce sec­tion of the Harare Agri­cul­tural Show. There were over 300 farm­ers from all over the coun­try who par­tic­i­pated and emerg­ing sec­ond is in­deed an achieve­ment worth cel­e­brat­ing as a farmer and as a prov­ince,” said Dr Gwaradz­imba.

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