By Tendai Matunhu
President Emmerson Mnangagwa today officially opened the Harare Agricultural Show where he implored farmers to use innovative solutions for increased productivity.
Speaking at the official opening, President Mnangagwa said, “I urge players in the agricultural sector to use innovative solutions for increased productivity. Agriculture remains the backbone of the economy and key contributor to economic growth in line with the national vision.
“Increased cooperation between institutions of higher learning and farmers is important for the growth of the sector,” he said.
He highlighted that the displays in the Agro-business section are a clear testimony that the show is undergoing qualitative improvement.
President Mnangagwa encouraged farmers to establish linkages with regional agricultural organisations so as to share best practices.
“The farming community must establish linkages with regional agricultural organisations to share best practices. Government will put in place conducive environment for the success of investment in the agricultural sector,” he said.
Under command agriculture and presidential input scheme, President Mnangagwa said farmers will be supported with inputs timeously for a better farming season. He further highlighted that the prices of agricultural inputs like fertilisers and maize seeds will be reviewed to be affordable to everyone.
President Mnangagwa exhorted beneficiaries of the land reform programme to be farmers and not just mere farm owners, indicating that they must give due attention to all crops.
President Mnangagwa also presented trophies to winning exhibitors at the Harare Agricultural Show, among them were cooperates, Government Departments, City Councils and individuals. A tractor was awarded to Mr Robert Mahlazini of Manicaland for being the best cotton grower in the country.