President Emmerson Mnangagwa has called to attention on the significant contribution made by the rural areas to in alleviating the economy.
His Excellency made the remarks at the official opening of the 111th Zimbabwe Agricultural Show (ZAS).
Delivering his speech at the ZAS, President Mnangagwa said, economically productive rural areas are an essential guarantee to eradicating poverty and the realization of development which leaves no one and no place behind.
“Our communal farmers and all farmers in general working together in unity, are important for further precipitating market driven productivity for both the local and international markets.
“The launch and successes recorded to date under the Vision 2030 Accelerator Model in Bubi-Lupane Dam and Irrigation project in Matebeleland North Province, is a case in point of what is possible,” President Mnangagwa said.
The rural economy in Zimbabwe is modelled around growth points with key economic activities anchored on agriculture, trade in livestock, mining and general merchandise.
The President highlighted that this year’s ZAS adequately exposed show-goers to the emerging prospects for smallholder and communal farmers.
“The utilization of land and water resources, new innovations by communities as well as the adoption of farming as a business philosophy, must remain the focus of collaboration and cooperation within the sector.
“Achieving our collective aspirations and key national development outcome of achieving broad-based and inclusive economy is everyone’s responsibility,” President Mnangagwa said.
The Zimbabwe National Statistical Agency (Zimstat) demographic survey from 2017 estimates that more than 68% of the Zimbabwean population lives in rural areas, which are classified into communal and resettlement areas.
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