Irrigation programmes for small scale farmers
Small scale farmers are set benefit from irrigation programmes being spearheaded by the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD).
The Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Dr Joseph Made, who was in Rome, Italy, for the Council of Agriculture Ministers held a series of meetings with the Food and Agricultural Organisation stakeholders and presented Zimbabwe’s agriculture and food security status.
Dr Made says his presentation dwelled on how the Presidential Inputs Support Scheme and the special maize import substitution programme dubbed Command Agriculture have successfully boosted food security at both household and national levels.
But the biggest deal struck in Italy was the IFAD which has confirmed to Dr Made that it will set up a fully fledged office in Harare to support small scale farmers with irrigation projects.
The devastating outbreak of fall army worm which destroyed vast tracks of maize in Zimbabwe and other countries also came under the spotlight during the Council of Agriculture Ministers conference discussions.
Dr Made also revealed that a crucial sideline meeting where Angola requested Zimbabwe to assist it to develop its seed sector was also held in Rome.