Minister leads by example,harvests 600 tonnes winter wheat

By Upenyu Chaota

MASVINGO—With
the country’s bakeries suffering immensely to wheat shortages, former deputy
minister of agriculture and current minister of State in the Office of Vice
President Mohadi, Davison Marapira, has harvested 600 tonnes of winter wheat
which he said will be delivered to the Grain Marketing Board (GMB).

The
Masvingo North legislator has called on all farmers to put their hands on deck
and capitalize on the land they have to boost production.

“We
have so far done over 600 tonnes of winter wheat for both commercial and
foundation seed. 

“We
are currently expanding our irrigation to 250 hectares under center pivot.  That will see us expanding our wheat
production to 2 000 metric tonnes per year. We are also going to be producing
about 1 000 metric tonnes of soya beans and 3 000 metric tonnes of maize per
year,” said Marapira.

Marapira
who also has a herd of over 300 cattle said he will boost his herd by
allocating 50 hectares of pastures under center pivot irrigation. 

“We
are also going to do 50 hectares of pastures under center pivot
irrigation.  This means expanding our
breeding herd of cattle to 600 of top quality animals. Of late, we have
imported South Africa’s top Brahman Pedgree genetics and these will change our
breeds.

“The
country’s mantra of Zimbabwe is open for business should be put into practice
daily especially by people like us who benefited from the land reform. 

“We
should be open to new thinking to new investment portfolios to ways of being more
productive and productivity.  Our mind
set should change completely.  We are Zimbabweans
we will take Zimbabwe to the levels we want. 
Every Zimbabwean has something to contribute,” said Marapira.

Minister
of State for Provincial Affairs Ezra Chadzamira commented Marapira’s efforts
saying everyone in the province should emulate him so that the province will
boost its Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

“We
are moving towards devolution and as a province we are expected to be
independent from the central government in terms of our economy. As a province
we will exploit our agricultural potential and become the bread basket of the
country.

“We
have a lot of land and we are fortunate to have large water bodies in our
provinces so we will utilise them to the fullest for irrigation. The giant
Tokwe Mukosi dam has the potential to irrigate over 25 000 hectares for all
year round crop production,” said Chadzamira.