01. Command Agriculture?
The registration of farmers willing to participate in the $500 million command agriculture scheme has begun, with Government yesterday inviting those interested to register with Agritex officers in their respective areas. Deputy Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet (responsible for implementation, monitoring and evaluation) Mr Justin Mupamhanga yesterday said work was in progress on the scheme that sought to ensure maize self-sufficiency this year.
The programme, which aims to produce two million tonnes of maize on 400 000 hectares of land, will see identified farmers being given inputs, irrigation and mechanised equipment.“Registration of farmers as we speak is in progress at all Agritex offices countrywide,” Mr Mupamhanga said. “As we pronounce this programme, we are communicating to all farmers so that they start taking part in the programme. Information and registration on contract farming starting 2016-2017 summer season can be obtained from the nearest Agritex offices.
“Further details can be obtained from the command centre on telephone number 04-792447. The programme will support with, where required, production inputs like fertilisers, seed and agrochemicals on a cost recovery basis.”
- Zimbabwe Agenda For Sustainable Socio -Economic Transformation(ZIM ASSET 2013-2018)
- Zimbabwe Agriculture Investment Plan(ZAIP 2013-2017)
- Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme(CAADP)