MDC leader Welshman Ncube has lauded farmers in the famine-prone Matabeleland South Province for harvesting high quality produce despite a debilitating drought.
Speaking at the official opening of the Western Region Agricultural Show in Gwanda over the weekend, Ncube said he was impressed by the produce on display.
“Let me from the onset, appreciate and commend the resourcefulness, determination, commitment and absolute resilience of the women and men of Matabeleland South Province. These farmers have produced amazing produce in very difficult conditions,” he said.
“In this province, especially this past season, there has been limited rainfall and complete drought in most parts. Farmers have defied these very debilitating odds to raise cattle, sheep, goats and chickens of a very high standard,” said Ncube.
He said the government should have the responsibility to ensure that when rains come, water is captured and stored in dams and reservoirs for agricultural and domestic use.
Ncube said he was saddened by the fact that Matabeleland South had lost its place as the leading cattle producer.
“This is the region that for years was the biggest producer of cattle and beef, but a region also which has lost the leadership in cattle production in circumstances we can only define as sad and painful,” he said.
He said the government came up with the national industrial policy which emphasises that products and resources found at various places within the country must be processed within those areas in order to generate employment and industrial growth.
Hundreds of people from Gwanda attended the show.