Agrobusiness - Featured - Top Stories - October 1, 2021

ARDA’s vision 2030 accelerator model a game-changer

Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (ARDA)’s vision 2030 accelerator model is set to be a game-changer in rural communities, with business managers set to be deployed across the country to lead in the transformation agenda.

The scheme which was commissioned by President Emmerson Mnangagwa at ARDA Bubi-Lupane irrigation scheme last week is set to transform irrigation schemes in rural areas with business plans and finances being handled by experts.

The model being fronted by ARDA’s youthful Chief Executive Officer, Tinotenda Mhiko is set to contribute immensely to the national cereal requirement, thereby feeding on the import substitution drive in line with the National Development Strategy 1.

“The model will have an ARDA business manager who would train farmers on best management practices. ARDA sustainable transformative linkages for funding and marketing of products produced in the rural areas. As a country we have 450 irrigation schemes,” said Tinotenda Mhiko, ARDA Chief Executive Officer.

“These schemes have a potential of producing 117 tonnes of maize which are enough for two months supply of national requirements. They also have a potential of producing 130 000 metric tonnes of wheat which is a third of the national requirement.”

The model is already beginning to produce results through employment creation and is also expected to help in the country’s devolution agenda.

“We are saying about 56 000 families will directly benefit from the model while up to a million Zimbabweans will indirectly benefit from the scheme. We are going to have ARDA intervention measures that will help in provincial GDP. We are going to decentralise our processing plants meaning the final shelf of products will go down.

“We are looking at employing 450 business managers and so far we have already recruited 45 and of those 30percent are women and youth. The model will ultimately lead to urban to rural migration as people will begin to seek employment in rural areas,” said Mhiko.

The second republic is making deliberate efforts to uplift the lives of marginalised communities through infrastructure development and coming up with schemes aimed at ensuring that every Zimbabwean plays a part in the attainment of an upper-middle-income economy by 2030

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