Gvt signs a MOU with Syngenta Zimbabwe

Tendai Bhebe (Bulawayo Correspondent)

Government, through the Ministry of Lands , Agriculture , Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Syngenta Zimbabwe in a bid to embrace the use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) in mitigating against the impact of drought, invasive pests of national economic importance and poor agronomic practices by the farmers to ensure food security and nutrition to Zimbabweans.

Syngenta Zimbabwe is a global research and development agro-business company that formulates crop protection solutions ranging from seed treatment, insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and grain protection chemicals and also breed vegetable maize, wheat, sunflower.

Agriculture is the most important sector, with the majority of the rural population in developing countries depending on it.

The traditional approaches of agriculture have numerous challenges in terms of production, marketing and profit, among others.

In an interview with Syngenta Zimbabwe Head Marketing Mr Tawanda Mangisi said the adoption of the world class technologies will bring more crop production in the country .

“Fostering an environment for adoption of world class technologies for the benefit of extension services and the farmers at large to bring about more production, productivity and profitability.

” Embracing the use of ICTs in mitigating against the impact of drought, invasive pests of national economic importance and poor agronomic practices by the farmers to ensure food security and nutrition to Zimbabweans.

Providing opportunities for information sharing through the Government institutions and departments to enhance primary knowledge build up, ” he said.

Mr Mangisi said the organisation will provide technical support to the agricultural training and extension department.

” Embarking on crop hectare mapping for the main cereal crops (maize and wheat)

Providing technical support to the Agricultural Training & Extension Department.

Collaborations with the Agricultural Education department across the various Agricultural colleges through staff-student outreaches, establishing of Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) centers of excellence, offering attachments and opportunities for project research work, ” he said.

Recently, President Mnangagwa yesterday said the Government has set aside $60 billion for the timely payment of farmers by the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) with the usual grain collection depots to be complemented by mobile and fixed collection points countrywide.

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