Zimbabwe to reclaim position as SADC breadbasket

Zimbabwe to reclaim position as SADC breadbasket

from NDABENI MLOTSHWA in Esigodini
– ZIMBABWE is to intensify efforts to retain its status as the breadbasket of the Southern African region.

ZANU-PF’s 17th annual National People’s Conference in Esigodin, Matabeleland South Province. Photo Zimpapers

This is among the resolutions of the just-ended conference of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) held in Esigodini, Matabeleland South Province.

Among other steps underway is the implementation of the one-man-one farm policy to address the chaotic land reform, which saw majority ZANU-PF bigwigs unduly benefit from the controversial land reform.

Former president, Robert Mugabe, is among those alleged to have unfairly benefitted. He reportedly owns more than 20 farms.

Speaking at the ZANU-PF’s 17th annual National People’s Conference, politburo member, Christopher Mushowe, said the issue of food security and nutrition would take centre stage during the five-year term of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

“Zimbabwe will return to be a breadbasket of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. Rehabilitation of water bodies and irrigation is vital,” Mushowe said.

He said ZANU-PF’s food security and nutrition thematic committee resolved to modernise and develop irrigation infrastructure nationwide for Zimbabwe to return to its glory days.

Mushowe said government would prioritise water harvesting, construct a dam in each district of the country and complete pending ones, ensure timely
delivery of full package of inputs to farmers and downsize all under-utilised farms.

Speaking at the same event, President Mnangagwa said it was paramount for the ruling party to fulfill its promises made to the electorate during elections campaigns.

“We must implement sustainable development programmes and fulfil the promises we made to the electorate in our manifesto,” Mnangagwa said.

He challenged the more than 6 000 ZANU-PF delegates to the conference to fight corruption and desist from violence.

“I commend all the structures of the party for heeding this call during and after the election period. I appeal to us to entrench this non-violent culture going forward,” Mnangagwa said.

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