Command agriculture a non-partisan scheme: Govt

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Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa

GOVERNMENT on Tuesday said the 2016/17 command agriculture scheme is a national programme that is being implemented in a non-partisan manner, as the country gears to be food self-sufficient.

BY PAIDAMOYO MUZULU

Minister of State in Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s office, Clifford Sibanda, said this in response to accusations that inputs were being distributed along party lines in the provinces, where known opposition party supporters were sidelined.

“The complaints are coming from those that came at the last minute for the purpose to say they were denied. This is a national programme that is non-partisan and we should stop the dependency on importing food from our neighbours when we have lots of land,” he said.

Zimbabwe has in the last two seasons been importing maize from Zambia and South Africa to stave off famine. 

Sibanda said he could not rule out the abuse of the facility, but to date, his office had not received a formal complaint.

“It is difficult to say it has not been abused, but we haven’t officially heard of any complaints. The people had to register to the scheme first and there was a clear criterion on who qualified to receive the inputs,” he said.

He said some private companies were still willing to contract farmers to produce other crops besides maize.

“Those who have failed to access command agriculture inputs can still come to our offices. We have a number of companies that are willing to finance contract soya bean production,” he said.

The government’s $500 million command agriculture scheme is funded by private fuel companies that helped pool their resources together for the floundering agriculture sector.

Zimbabwe has struggled to provide sufficient food reserves for itself since 2000 after the implementation of the fast-track land reform programme that saw more than 4 000 white commercial farmers violently pushed off the land.

The government has initiated a number of agriculture inputs schemes to assist the new farmers, but these have often been abused and no-one has been punished.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Musade kutihwa apa nxaaaa, ktanga riini kusava partisan? kana mchishinga kuuraya ko kuzoti kunyima mungatyei imi.

  2. Command agriculture ndoo kurima here.Nonsense…Ku Zimbabwe ndokunopihwa agric mazita kkkkkk…kupererwa zvakunoita akomana

  3. Believe these zanu pf zombies at your own peril.So announcing that this time you will be doing it in a non partisan manner it means you are admitting that all along you have been doing it in a partisan manner?What have made you change suddenly?You want sympathy from opposition supporters so that they believe you and might end up voting for zanu pf in 2018.Shame on you.Everyone knows that zanu pf is in power by hook and crook and by the partisan behaviour of ZRP,ZNA,Courts,ZEC,Chiefs,the list is endless.They are all against anyone who is not zanu pf.To hell with your command agriculture scheme.Itayi pach zanu ichocho we don’t give a damn.

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