Seed Co has donated 2 500 doses of Covid-19 vaccines for Agritex officers
to assist the Government in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and
Child Care and Cimas to vaccinate the Mandebvu community.
Yesterday, Seed Co handed over the unused vaccines from its programmes to
Minister of Local Government and Public Works July Moyo, Minister of
Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement Dr Anxious Masuka and
Deputy Minister of Health and Child Welfare Dr John Mangwiro after the
successful vaccination exercise in Mandebvu.
Regional managing director of Seed Co Limited Mr Edworks Mhandu said
Agritex officers are important to the farming community hence it is
important to ensure that they are protected from Covid-19.
“We want to emphasise the importance of Agritex to the farming community.
In the engagement with farmers, Seed Co agronomy staff work very closely
with Agritex officers who are found at ward, district and provincial level
all over the country.”
“The Agritex officers (Vanamudhumeni vedu) are part of the farming
community and the essential training and knowledge that they give to our
farmers is what significantly improves productivity at the farms.
“So it is important to ensure that the Agritex officers are protected from
the Covid-19 virus and we are told by health experts that vaccination is
key in the protection against Covid-19,” Mr Mhandu said.
Agriculture Minister Dr Masuka said all people in the agricultural sector
should be vaccinated because they are frontline workers.
“The agricultural sector has been awarded the special essential service
status because it’s a special service even in the midst of the pandemic we
are allowed to operate, but adhering to Covid-19 guidelines hence we
should all get vaccinated,” said the Minister.
Local Government Minister Moyo said the gesture will go a long way in
ensuring the Agritex staff are protected.
“I would like to thank and appreciate Seed Co for donating 2 500 Covid 19
vaccines to Agritex staff. This life saving gesture will go a long way in
ensuring that the Agritex staff are protected from the pandemic.”
“Agritex, being an essential service, has staff who continue to do farm
visits and a lot of face to face interactions.
“Our extension officers need to do frequent farm visits to ensure farmers
are ready for the season.”
“Our aim is to ensure that both communal and commercial farmers are geared
up and ready for the forthcoming farming season. We hope to execute our
work in a safe and conducive environment. Hence this timeous intervention
by Seed Co is commendable,” said the Minister.
Cimas managing director Mr Vulindlela Ndlovu said the cooperation between
private sector and Government shows solidarity.
“As we continue to tackle this defining health crisis of our time, and the
deep cooperation between the private sector and Government illustrates the
solidarity and leadership needed to defeat Covid-19,” he said.