Made must tell the truth

via Made must tell the truth – DailyNews Live  30 MARCH 2014

Agriculture minister Joseph Made must address the nation to clarify his statement that Zimbabwe is set to enjoy a bumper harvest despite evidence on the ground suggesting otherwise.

Made was basing this on his assertion that “farmers had put 2,2 million hectares of land under cereal crops, with staple maize taking up the bigger portion of the hectarage”.

But information filtering through from the Zanu PF politburo meeting suggests that Made made a U-turn when addressing his colleagues. He probably told the politburo that he had been misquoted.

But in the spirit of making assurances to a nation full of mistrust for the misfiring minister, Made must address the people and give details on the harvest estimates and explain how he came up with the analysis.

With the economy in a free fall, one of the areas which might help in turning around our fortunes as a country is the agricultural industry which has suffered since the land reform programme was launched over a decade ago.

Made cannot just wake up and shout from the top of a mountain that Zimbabwe will have a bumper harvest all because of the heavy rains the country experienced. What about the inputs, equipment, skilled manpower and all other resources that are needed in serious farming?

We tend to agree with fiery Zanu PF Member of Parliament, Temba Mliswa who questioned Made’s judgment and demanded to know what formula he had used to come up with the bumper harvest notion he has told the nation.

Mliswa used his constituency as a sample said they received seed for just 90 000 hectares, Compound D fertiliser for 40 000 hectares and AN fertiliser for 20 000 hectares.

“Was Made lying about the national bumper harvest?” Mliswa asked and we ask the same question.

What is even more shocking is that Made’s deputy, Paddy Zhanda admitted that government had not done any physical field assessment which would have come up with more credible estimates.

MDC shadow minister for Agriculture Samuel Sipepa Nkomo, has also weighed in calling on President Robert Mugabe to fire Made or else hunger will continue to stalk the nation.

He said: “I think minister Made is fond of day dreaming. He’s really fond of dreaming. I do not seriously believe that we will have a bumper harvest because good rains do not necessarily translate to a bumper harvest.”

Like we have said before, Made annually perpetuates inaccuracies regarding crop production, and endangers the nation with fictitious crop output forecasts that have tragic consequences.



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    roving ambassador. 10 years ago

    Zanu thieving looters era living a dream whilst the rest of us are experiencing a horrific nightmare.
    Surely the situation and status is bound to reverse.

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    Doctor do little 10 years ago

    During the 90’s one of the senior Zanu pf Ministers is said to have been asked to overlook a certain task. The story goes that after doing his research he went back to report to the President that the task was unworkable. It is said that the President gave him such a glare then turned to others that were there and talked about another subject.Shaking in his boots, he is said to have reversed out of the room. He is said to have returned later and said the task was done.

    Joseph Made would seem to make this story look very true. He does not lie intentionally. He is terrified so he says what the President would like to here. Can he resign? No. Remember what Nathan Shamiyarira once said? “Zanu is like a tiger. When you ride on it you cannot get off or else it will eat you.” The man is scared of being eaten.

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    Harry 10 years ago

    MADE IN PYONGYANG.What he meant was that this bumper harvest would be distributed by the ruling party to fit the propoganda jingles,having been purchased by American/British aid monies and dished out to Zanu supporters so it would appear to hav been grown in Zimbabwe.

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    Doris 10 years ago

    I hear on the grape-vine that Temba is once again on the rampage grabbing farms. Who the hell wants to listen or believe him?

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    Yep! Temba causes havoc in mash west. Anything that works: destroy. That is the ZPF mantra. The word ‘truth’no longer exists in the ZPF dictionary and that is why they are going down. Truth is a Person. His name is Jesus Christ: “I am the way, the truth…” They have forgotten Him. And the lie belongs to the devil.

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    Peterb 10 years ago

    Why would Made tell the truth – after all this is not the first time he has told this exact same lie to the nation.