Zim poised to restore breadbasket status

via Zim poised to restore breadbasket status | The Herald May 28, 2015

Through the agricultural farming equipment that was financed by the Brazilian government recently, Zimbabwe has the opportunity to regain its status as the breadbasket of Africa once again.

Once the second largest economy in Southern Africa, Zimbabwe’s economy was purely anchored on farming and agricultural based industries.

Brazil should be commended for supporting Zimbabwean policies. The agricultural sector is the backbone of the economy. Accordingly, the economic blueprint Zim-Asset seeks to improve and increase food security as well as eradicate poverty through agriculture.

Hence, this agricultural equipment distributed to the country will help to boost food production together with gross domestic product.

Agricultural mechanisation is beneficial and critical as it boosts agricultural efficiency and ensures the economy independence that all the industrialised nations enjoy today.

In agriculture, mechanisation speeds up the rate at which jobs are created in the nation’s economy. Therefore, with this loan facility of agricultural equipment, Government should not accept further reasons for food deficit in the country.

Agricultural output is divided into two, thus, between cash crops from commercial agriculture and food crops from subsistence agriculture.

The distributors of this farming equipment should follow President Mugabe’s words that it is not meant for certain individuals, but it should be distributed in communal areas where the entire community is supposed to benefit and automatically own it.

Consequently, the distributors must fairly distribute the equipment such that every community benefits from it.

According to President Mugabe, the programme, dubbed “More Food for Africa Zimbabwe”, is aimed at empowering small-scale farmers who are believed to be more productive compared to large-scale farmers.

In Zimbabwe, the land reform programme was launched as a way of increasing food production by empowering the black majority populace.

Reports have it that small-scale farmers produce about 80 percent of the food consumed in most African countries.

However, most of these small-scale farmers are scaling back their farming hectarages due to lack of proper farming equipment. This has led the nation into constant reliance on importing maize from other countries, which continues to cripple the economy.

Now that the beneficiaries of the agricultural equipment will be communal farmers, it is advised that they make use of the equipment in order to maximize production. Without fail, the next farming season should witness a positive change in terms of food production.

Also, farms contribute directly to the economy by employing people and paying wages and salaries.

However, the Government should constantly monitor and make follow-ups on whether the communal farmers will utilise the equipment effectively.

The nation should be able to generate enough food for consumption and export if there is a surplus.

Revitalising the agricultural sector will not only increase food production, but it will also rejuvenate the industrial sector.

Most of the companies which closed had a direct link with agriculture and a downfall in agriculture also meant their closure.

Foreign trade is an important component of most countries’ economy. In Sri Lanka, major exports include tea, rubber, coconut products and foodstuffs. It is said that Sri Lanka is the largest exporter of black tea in the world.

By growing and exporting cash crops, such as cotton and tobacco, Zimbabwe can improve on its GDP as well as revitalise the manufacturing sector.

Agriculture is a key driver of productivity and prosperity. By restoring manufacturing industries such as David Whitehead and Merlin Zimbabwe, jobs will be created, hence, eradicate poverty. Job creation is one of the objectives of Zim-ASSET.


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    R Judd 7 years ago

    Dream on

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    David 7 years ago

    Oh my. These people continue to live in a delusional world. To think equipment is the problem is to ignore all the other cultural, economic and political problems that need to be dealt with. How we need thinking prople to run this country. The present lot show no sign of having a clue.

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    Doris 7 years ago

    Teetering on the edge of total starvation,

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    ntaba 7 years ago

    I really wonder what these people smoke to start saying that they will restore agriculture – it has to be Binga Best Mbanje.
    They need to be told about Humpty Dumpty.

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    Fallenz 7 years ago

    Oh yeah, you bet. If any mechanized farm equipment is purchased with such a loan, take a wild guess as to where that equipment will go. Small-scale farmers, you just got shafted… again.

    Of course, if any foreigners come to verify the use of any such funds, they’ll be shown tractors on a couple small-tract farms for sure… but, the CIO lackies driving the tractors won’t know the difference between a disk harrow and a moldboard plow. And as soon as the visitors are out of sight, the tractors will be returned to Grace.

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    t.one 7 years ago

    True its day dreaming because this farming equipment is going to grabbed by the shenanigans and crude, cruel Zanu Pf. I doubt if there is anyone in Zanu PF who sees Zimbabweans as people. You look at Chombo and Kasukuwere and you get so disgusted by what they do. They will simply grab all the equipment and warehouse it in the farms they have managed to turn it hunting grounds for rabbits. I feel so sorry for the dreamer who is claiming that Zimbabwe will be a bread basket again. We have been turned out into a country a country of beggers and that will continue until these imposters and their grandfather are out of office. What they know is stealing and corruption and they claim to be representing the people. I get so angry when they open their mouth. How can they be so naïve to use hunger as a weapon to win elections. Using food parcels to get votes. Promising punishment to voters if you fail to win. What kind of a leader? Cry the beloved country. Those who care to read Read a book by Musaemura Zimunya. (ON THE ROAD AGAIN) It explains what was observed in the early 80s by this respected war cadre.
    Made is just dead wood. He has failed.

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    jackson 7 years ago

    Kkkkkkkk. Come on Herald, the best fiction teller in Zimbabwe

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    grabmore 7 years ago

    Who wrote this idiotic and juvenile news article?

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    GUNGA 7 years ago

    What is the reporter smoking…….is he getting land and a new tractor??? Dream on importing 700000t of maize this year….well played!!

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    mark longhurst 7 years ago

    now they are just stealing from the Brazilians, you would think they had run out of stooges by now

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    Some years ago I met a young man at my stepson’s business. When I asked what he did, he said, “I am a reporter for The Herald”

    “Oh” I said, “So you are a fiction writer then?”

    I have just been reading today’s Muckraker – and come to the conclusion that the reason our country is a Failed State is that the majority are insane!

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    I thought this would be an interesting article and then saw it was written by the Herald!!

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    jesse james 7 years ago

    Oh what a wonderful investment for our agricultural sector.
    So 2016 we will be a bumper harvest of Maize and tobacco.
    Our farming land will become green with crops, wheat fields bustling with grain.
    We are on the road to full recovery. Forward with the Revolution.
    God bless us all, I suppose in our wildest of dreams.

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    harper 7 years ago

    Before 1964 Zambia was the bread basket of Southern Africa, feeding our region and exporting a huge surplus to China. Who is it that is restoring Zambia to this status?

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    Common Sense 7 years ago

    So much empty talking of rubbish.

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    Basket case surely

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    Mlimo 7 years ago

    Advert in South Africa :
    Hardly used tractors and farm equipment for sale. Cash deposits only to Singapore Banking. Account name G Mugabe