Command livestock on the cards

HARARE - Government has mobilised funding for command livestock, with the programme’s document set to be presented in Cabinet in two weeks’ time, Vice President (VP) Emmerson Mnangagwa said.

The VP yesterday told delegates at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair business conference that the programme — similar to the on-going command agriculture — but ear-marked for the livestock sector, was anticipated to “commence immediately if it sailed through Cabinet”.

“The paper is now through, but we could not present it in Cabinet because of the state visit and it will not be presented next week because there is a public holiday. However, it will be presented on May 9 covering livestock including poultry.

“We have mobilised the funding for the programme and we have realised that the western part of Zimbabwe will play a pivotal role in the programme because livestock is more important in that part,” he said.

This comes as the VP last week announced that government intended to extend command agriculture to livestock, cotton, soya beans, wheat and other high value crops capable of earning the country foreign currency.

While Mnangagwa was unable to give details on how much had been raised to bankroll the programme, he pointed out that government had also courted foreign companies to assist with the programme.

“The private sector, including those in the financial services sector, has also approached us with funding and we only selected those who were offering cheaper funds… Foreign companies from Germany and Switzerland have been courted for the programme…

“However, you will know more about the programme after May 9,” he said.

When the 2016/2017 agriculture season began last year, Mnangagwa spear-headed the command agriculture programme under a $500 million fund.

The scheme has seen beneficiaries delivering over 1 000 tonnes of maize to the Grain Marketing Board (GMB), to date.

According to GMB acting general manager, Lawrence Jasi, farmers under command agriculture have started deliveries to GMB.

“Farmers have started deliveries for maize for the 2016/2017 agriculture season and the deliveries began on the first of April 2017. To date, we have received a total of 1 333 tonnes of maize from farmers,” Jasi said last week at a Zimbabwe Agricultural Society Maize Conference.

Mnangagwa is also on record saying funds have been secured to pay farmers for their produce, with Zimbabwe expecting a harvest of 2,1 million tonnes of maize for the 2016/2017 agriculture season.

Comments (4)

Zimbabwean Farmers will produce abundantly with a good rain and genuine government support thats a proven fact since time immemorial no big deal. This 'command' rhetoric (popular in failed communism like Venezuela) is designed for political expediency of an individual who hopes to stay in power for long. The Vice President is well aware that he will not be sued if it turns out that government did not have sufficient funds for maize deliveries. As for ZITF if it aspires to be a real international event it must desist from inviting political office bearers as guest of honours but world re-knowned economists, industrialists and business gurus will bring with positive value. Otherwise this annual jamboree is just another platform for zanupf bigwigs to show off their latest opulence. The millitary & commandeered school children mass displays have become so monotonous boring and meaningless one is reminded of the regular millitary parades of North Korea. Had it no been of the musical doses the event will have no attendees that initself is testimony ZITF is off rails.

Sinyo - 27 April 2017

The term 'command' is a millitary one which has no space in civillian endearvours in true democracies. The must find another term which does not denote intimidation where the government through the ministry of agriculture just carries out its constitutional mandate full stop NOT some millitray operational jargon where someone would like to be the Commander.

Sinyo - 27 April 2017

1333 tons of maize delivered in 26 days, is that it? God help us!

Citizen - 27 April 2017

This command leadership should come to an end. It is a total failure.Command Agriculture for what? Whats next in line ? ,Command currency we have already. THIS COMMAND DEMOCRACY SHOULD FAIL, THATS WHY WE SHOULD NOT BE HOODWINKED INTO BELIEVING THAT ED Gwena ,would be good for Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is stable already. RESIST COMMAND EVERYTHING, RESIST LOCASTE , RESIST GWENA , HE IS THE ALPHA AND OMEGA OF COMMAND DEMOCRACY

Patriot - 27 April 2017

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