MINISTER of State for Provincial Affairs in Matabeleland South province Cde Abednico Ncube has urged farmers to work hard and shame the country’s detractors who criticised the country’s land reform.
Cde Ncube was speaking on the sidelines of an Agricultural show held at Esigodini Agricultural college yesterday where various farmers in the district exhibited their produce and livestock.
The Minister said the fact that both A1 and A2 farmers were performing way above average, proved that the land reform was a great success.
“When President Mugabe launched the land reform, the West was quick to discredit him saying that this was a dangerous programme and will greatly affect the country but with what we have seen today I guess this shows the achievements of the land reform.
“I can safely say that in the province this year the small and large scale farmers have gone a long way to ensure that something comes out of the land we gave them, the West should really now be shamed because it is us who had the last laugh,” said Cde Ncube.
He urged the farmers not to relax because of what they had achieved but aim even higher and improve the output in the next farming season.
“This year the Grain Marketing Board will be full because of these farmers and of course President Mugabe who gave us the seeds but let us not stop here, we must work even harder to continue improving the yield.
“We now have the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (Zim Asset) policy which we have to work on and farming has a special place in this, so the farmers should know that they have a special role to play in terms of economic revival,” said Cde Ncube.
The exhibition saw farmers getting various awards for their displays and farming experts giving advice on the best ways to operate to those that attended.
Meanwhile, the acting Umzingwane agricultural provincial extension officer, Mr Judia Ncube, revealed that the government had come up with a warehouse receipt system, to ensure that quality was maintained in terms of storing of grain.
“This system involves building of storages, where farmers will hand in all their grains after harvest, and then they will be given a receipt, which they can use to acquire a loan from any bank.