Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister Dr Joseph Made responded to World Bank representative in Zimbabwe, Johannes Herderschee that Command Agriculture is not the most effective and efficient way of achieving the desired results.
He said that Herderschee should instead assist us in the removal of the illegal sanctions. Said Made:
Leave Zimbabwe to its own devices. Anyone who wants to advice can do so, but not to tell us what to do and appear to be clever, we will not accept that. We must secure the land and agrarian reform. Government and the ruling Zanu-PF will not allow people to dampen farmers’ spirits. Mr Herderschee should instead assist us in the removal of the illegal sanctions.
Dr. Joseph Mtakwese Made (born 21 November 1954) is a Zimbabwean politician and Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) member who is currently serving as Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development. He has served as the minister in ministries related to agriculture since 2000. Made is mostly known to have led the ministry in a decade of inadequate harvest from Zimbabwe’s agriculture. Read More
The Targeted Command Agriculture is a Zimbabwean agricultural scheme aimed at ensuring food self-sufficiency that was introduced at the start of the 2016 – 2017 farming season following the drought of the previous season. The scheme was introduced as Zimbabwe grapple with economic problems. It was announced in August 2016.
The scheme targeted farmers near water bodies who could put a minimum of 200 hectares under maize per individual. These were found to be 2,000 in total and each farmer was required to produce at least produce 1,000 tonnes of maize. Each participating farmer was required to commit 5 tonnes per hectare towards repayment of advanced loans in the form of irrigation equipment, inputs and chemicals, mechanised equipment, electricity and water charges. Farmers would retain a surplus product produced in excess of the 1,000 tonnes. The programme will cost $500 million. Each farmer will be earmarked to receive US$250,000. Read More
Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF) is a liberation war movement/party that has been ruling Zimbabwe since the country attained its independence in 1980. The party’s main agenda was to liberate the country from the bondage of settler regime led by Ian Smith and to bring economic emancipation to the indigenous people. Read More
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