The European Union (EU) funded Transforming Zimbabwe’s Diary Value Chain (TranZDVC) by donating 500 in-calf heifers and 7 million Euros to small and medium scale dairy farmers to boost milk production in the country.
The in-calf heifers programme will done in all the 10 provinces, and has so far seen 121 farmers, among them 59 women, benefiting.
The EU Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Timo Olkkonen said this seeks to contribute to the development and efficient agriculture sector that promotes inclusive green economic growth.
“TranZDVC is part of an EU funded Zimbabwe Agricultural Growth Programme (ZAGP) a response to tackle challenges within the country’s livestock sector through financial support from the EU amounting to 40 million pounds,” Olkkonen said.
The 7 million euros, of which 90 percent was funded by the EU and the balance which came from We Effect Zimbabwe, will reinforce connections between production, processing and financing.
We Effect Zimbabwe, along with its co-implementing partners, Zimbabwe Association of Dairy Farmers (ZADF), Zimbabwe Farmers Union, (ZFU) and Zimbabwe Dairy Industry Trust (ZDIT) imported the in-calf heifers from South Africa.
During the in-calf heifers programme held in Marirangwe, Mashonaland East, We Effect Country Representative, Lucy Makaza Mazingi said We Effect is in pursuit of a world free from poverty and injustice, making concerted efforts to achieve gender equality, climate justice and human rights.
“Our gathering here in Marirangwe is a testament to our story of finding and delivering impact around food security and taking dairy as a viable business across the whole value chain.
“This is realised through acknowledging that any form of sustainable livelihood in Zimbabwe must be rooted in a flourishing agricultural sector that thrives on the contribution of women and youth who are often invisible and marginalised,” Mazingi said.
Mazingi noted that this intervention is based at the intersection of commerce and sustainability telling a story of livelihoods.
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