We Cant Continue To Import What We Eat - New Agriculture Minister Promises To Hit The Ground Running
Dr Masuka who was appointed by President Mnangagwa to replace the late Agriculture Minister Rtd Air Chief Marshal Perrance Shiri who succumbed to COVID-19 early this month, after his swearing-in ceremony shared his vision for the ministry and he said he was going to come up with a solution to ensure that the country is food secure, Sunday News reports.
Promising to hit the ground running, Dr Masuku said:
We are just coming up from a successful winter programme where we had an expanded wheat crop unprecedented in the past few seasons. So we can build on those successes and ensure that we start the preparation for the summer season now. The short-term and immediate objective is to ensure that we have increased production this season, but the overall scheme of things is that the broader strategy in pursuit of Vision 2030 is to make agriculture central again to the development of the country.
There will be focus on food security, import substitution, diversified and expanded exports, value addition and beneficiation employment creation and improvement of rural livelihood in pursuit of that vision. We have hit the ground running. There is no option, people need to eat every day, and we cannot continue to import what we eat.
Dr Masuka’s remarks about eradicating food insecurity came amid reports that the UNICEF is appealing for $70.9 million to help resolve the humanitarian crisis arising in Zimbabwe as over 4 Million people are food insecure according to a situation report prepared for the United Nations.
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