Zim attains food self-sufficiency

via Zim attains food self-sufficiency | The Herald 23 August 2014 by Takunda Maodza

Zimbabwe has attained national food self-sufficiency following last season’s bumper harvest during which the country surpassed the 1,4 million tonnes target in grain and maize production, President Mugabe has said.
National food self-sufficiency is a key goal of the economic blueprint, the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation, one of whose key clusters identifies food security and nutrition as key drivers of economic revival.

Officially opening the 104th Harare Agricultural Show at the Exhibition Park yesterday, the President urged farmers to start preparing for the 2014-2015 season.

“I can also report that I have been to stands with exhibits of high quality products and services. This is natural and quite logical after a good rainy season.

“We are glad that our maize and grain production is set to surpass 1.4 million tonnes, enough to ensure national food self-sufficiency. For the first time after many years of drought, Zimbabwe has now attained this level of production.”

The President said besides grains, production of other crops was on an upward trend.

“Tobacco production also con-tinued on an upward trend, now being valued at over US$676 million from 167 million kilogrammes realised during the 2012-2013 season.

“Generally, cotton, sugar and horticultural crops did slightly better than in the last season. Overall crop production is much more improved this season. We hope this trend will continue,” President Mugabe said.

“I must this season commend all the players in the agricultural sector, that is both the input suppliers and the growers. All stakeholders are, however, urged to be fully prepared ahead of the 2014/2015 agricultural season.”

President Mugabe said following Zanu-PF’s resounding victory in last year’s harmonised elections, Government embarked on the national socio-economic development strategy, the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation.

He said Zim Asset was a robust and comprehensive strategy anchored on four mutually re-enforcing clusters, Food Security and Nutrition, Social Services and Poverty Reduction, Infrastructure and Utilities, and Value Addition and Beneficiation.

President Mugabe said of the four Food and Nutrition was the most closely linked and associated with agriculture.

“In keeping with Zim Asset objectives that are embodied in the Food and Nutrition cluster, this year’s Show has adopted its theme as “Sustaining and Transforming Agricultural Growth”. Through Zim Asset, we have targeted transforming the agricultural sector into a more inclusive, resilient, vibrant and formidable national economic pillar. In order to achieve our objectives, we ought to pay attention to, and prioritise, the value addition and beneficiation of our various products,” he said.

Added President Mugabe: “We begin by focusing mainly on our agricultural products, since agriculture is the mainstay of Zimbabwe’s economy. While we have already taken some steps to value-add tobacco, tea and cotton subsectors, which is still inadequate, much more still needs to be done for us to fully benefit from our resources. Zimbabwe cannot continue to remain a country of predominantly raw material and unbeneficiated primary product exporter.”

He said the Harare Agricultural Show provided exhibitors, Government, regional and international organisations, and the public with a unique opportunity to meet, interact and transact various aspects of business.

“Similarly, my tour today to the various stands provided me with that opportunity of the much needed interaction with captains of industry. I am informed, once again, that the uptake of exhibition space is 100 percent. In addition to the commendable representation by local companies, spanning the spectrum of agriculture, companies from Africa and beyond, are also well represented. From Africa, Zambia, Ghana, Botswana, Kenya, and South Africa are represented. We are happy that some of these companies and countries have become annual participants at this Show. We highly appreciate their definite expression of confidence in our agricultural sector, in particular, and our economy in general,” President Mugabe said.

He said climate change was real as manifested by extreme weather conditions like floods and prolonged dry spells.

President Mugabe assured Zimbabweans that Government was embarking on various measures like the rehabilitation of irrigation schemes and dam construction to mitigate the negative effects of climate change.

He cited the introduction of improved drought tolerant crop varieties as yet another measure aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change.

President Mugabe stressed the need to educate Zimbabweans to embrace correct farming methods that increase productivity.

On his arrival at the exhibition park towards midday, President Mugabe toured a number of stands. There were 750 exhibitors from across the globe.

COMMENTS

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    Did we not all read that Government imports 121,000 MT of GM maize in Zimbabwe situation only yesterday?
    Is this food self-sufficiency? Eating imported staple diet?

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    He’s so funny! Great sense of satire… and the economy is on the mend too! Happy days are here again!

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    JRR56 6 years ago

    We are glad that our maize and grain production is set to surpass 1.4 million tonnes. Is set to??? Does this mean has already???

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    JRR56 6 years ago

    More BS from the Herald

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    The majority of zims believe this thats how they won the elections.
    The idiots starving will also believe.

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    Parangeta 6 years ago

    More bullsh38#*t from an ar#*hole!

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    John Thomas 6 years ago

    The man lies with a straight face and does not care about the consequence. For sue his family will not starve

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      François La Rochefoucauld once said
      “We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others, that in the end, we become disguised to ourselves.”

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    Panda moyo 6 years ago

    Dr,do ,you ve said it all .the man is no lying even to himself

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    Panda moyo 6 years ago

    Dr,do ,you ve said it all .the man is now lying even to himself.

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    You know when Mugabe is lying.His lips move. such a lousy liar. The sad thing is he thinks everyone has a memory as leaky as his bladder.

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    Mugabe still thinks that the zim people are stupid and uneducated, shame shame shame you egoistic dilapidation.

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    avenger/revenger 6 years ago

    Any medical Herr doktor will tell you for free that madness is a symptom of syphillis. There is nothing remarkable at the ” show ” except for miserable faces. Has helicopter made been up in the skies again ??

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    tongogara 6 years ago

    Lies! we just imported grain last week. Stop fooling the people!

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    roving ambassador. 6 years ago

    unfortunately the greatest conman Zimbabwe has ever produced.

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    Mena Bona 6 years ago

    He has no idea what he said yesterday. We must stop relying on foreign aid, then within a week he is heading to China with his begging bowl asking for four billion dollars. As we know they don’t loan money. They buy chunks of Zimbabwe each time he begs them to keep him in power. He would give the entire country to the Chinese and allow them to enslave the whole population, if they could give him a pill that would ensure he doesn’t meet the devil, in the next ten years. Wonder which Zimbabwean asset the new colonials will add to their Zimbabwe basket this time? He cares nothing for the Povo and never has.

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    nyoni 6 years ago

    BS FOR 34 YEARS. Ah. Go to hell Zanu.

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    Straight Shooter 6 years ago

    A country whose agricultural sector’s outcomes are anchored on the presence or absence of drought conditions each and every season that follows is a tragic failure in my book.

    A country like Israel is not known for good rainy seasons, but the country is able to feed itselef, how come?

    Gukurahundis need to wake up; and wake up pretty fast in this modern high tech global village. This is no longer about your Zwimba, Hurungwe or Buhera primitive agricultural ways of old.

    VUKA SITHUTHA!!

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    Patriotic 6 years ago

    We cannot run away from the real facts. Zimbabwe is still importing maize to fill the gap. We read about it not long ago. We need to step up our agriculture. It will not help to give praises where the they least deserve. Yes the output will increase this year but not enough to feed the nation as was in the past. We cannot never run away from tru facts.

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    DubboZimbo 6 years ago

    Yes we are self-sufficient in food, we import it all. You see we could grow it except for the drought, the British Government, the whites and the sanctions. When will the blatant lies stop?