Officially opening the 104th Harare Agricultural Show at the
"I can also report that I have been to stands with exhibits of high quality products and services. This is natural and quite logical after a good rainy season. We are glad that our maize and grain production is set to surpass 1.4 million tonnes, enough to ensure national food self-sufficiency. For the first time after many years of drought,
The President said besides grains, production of other crops was on an upward trend.
"Tobacco production also con-tinued on an upward trend, now being valued at over
"Generally, cotton, sugar and horticultural crops did slightly better than in the last season. Overall crop production is much more improved this season. We hope this trend will continue,"
"I must this season commend all the players in the agricultural sector, that is both the input suppliers and the growers. All stakeholders are, however, urged to be fully prepared ahead of the 2014/2015 agricultural season."
He said Zim Asset was a robust and comprehensive strategy anchored on four mutually re-enforcing clusters, Food Security and Nutrition, Social Services and Poverty Reduction, Infrastructure and Utilities, and Value Addition and Beneficiation.
"In keeping with Zim Asset objectives that are embodied in the Food and Nutrition cluster, this year's Show has adopted its theme as "Sustaining and Transforming Agricultural Growth". Through Zim Asset, we have targeted transforming the agricultural sector into a more inclusive, resilient, vibrant and formidable national economic pillar. In order to achieve our objectives, we ought to pay attention to, and prioritise, the value addition and beneficiation of our various products," he said.
He said the Harare Agricultural Show provided exhibitors, Government, regional and international organisations, and the public with a unique opportunity to meet, interact and transact various aspects of business.
"Similarly, my tour today to the various stands provided me with that opportunity of the much needed interaction with captains of industry. I am informed, once again, that the uptake of exhibition space is 100 percent. In addition to the commendable representation by local companies, spanning the spectrum of agriculture, companies from
He said climate change was real as manifested by extreme weather conditions like floods and prolonged dry spells.
He cited the introduction of improved drought tolerant crop varieties as yet another measure aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change.
On his arrival at the exhibition park towards midday,
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