Agriculture engineering, mechanisation and infrastructure development are key to enhancing agricultural productivity, His Excellency, the President and ZANU PF First Secretary Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa said.
He made the remarks during his speech to mark the official opening of the SeedCo Seed Maize Conditioning Plant in Mt Hampden.
The President was accompanied by Vice President Cde Constantino Chiwenga and Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs who is also the Party’s National Chairperson Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri.
“Agriculture engineering, mechanisation and infrastructure development are key to enhancing agricultural productivity and production as we continue to modernise, industrialise and grow our economy.
“I challenge other companies to take a leaf from such practical initiatives and play their part in growing, modernising and diversifying the agriculture sector along with other sectors of the economy. On our part as Government, we will continue to support and modernise agriculture through multi-pronged intervention.
“These include the provision of irrigation infrastructure, extension services, The Presidential Climate Proofed Pfumvudza/Intwasa Programme, the CBZ Agro-Yield Programme as well as the Livestock Growth Plan among others,” President Mnangagwa said.
President Mnangagwa went on to commend SeedCo for utilising local support staff that included engineers and consultants in the construction of the plant and this is in line with the 2018 ZANU PF Manifesto which speaks of employment creation.
“I am pleased that this investment was driven by local contractors in terms of consultancy, engineering and construction. I commend and appreciate these synergies as they promote information, knowledge and skills sharing.
“This way, our industries will grow and strengthen each other through downstream and upstream linkages. This collaboration resulted in saving of much needed foreign currency, creation of jobs and ultimately the empowerment of local communities,” President Mnangagwa said.