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.