Sunday, 08 July 2012 01:31
WOMEN farmers have formed a trust to address challenges affecting them in the agricultural sector.
The Zimbabwe Indigenous Women Farmers Trust was formed in February this year after realisation that women were failing to use land due to limited resources.
ZIWFT president, Mrs Depinah Nkomo said the bulk of farmers in the country were women but they lacked adequate resources to boost yields.
“Women have been having difficulties accessing inputs.
“They do not have collateral and lack farm machinery,” she said.
Mrs Nkomo said women farmers were also affected by mobility challenges as they have problems transporting inputs to the farmer and produce to the market.
“Through the trust, women are going to speak with one voice and mobilise funds for agricultural production,” she said.
Mrs Nkomo said the trust had members from the communal, A1, A2 and commercial sectors.
The executive members are Mrs Grace Gatula (vice president), Mrs Catherine Mudzimiri, Mrs Lina Mangoro and Maud Mapedzamombe.