|Irrigation set to boost smallholder farmer capacity|
|Friday, 13 July 2012 11:42|
Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister Joseph Made, recently met the Israeli ambassador for Africa, Mr Dan Shaham, to discuss ways of boosting the irrigation sector.
Minister Made said the revival of the irrigation sector was expected to boost the capacity of smallholder farmers.
These include the Irrigation Centre at the Institute of Agriculture Engineering and Mechanisation among others.
He said a regional irrigation company, Netafim, would also help the centre through the replacement of computers at the institution.
“Israel is a leader in uplifting smallholder farmers from subsistence to commercial level and we are going to use the same system,” said Minister Made. “We are also interested in phytosanitary matters.”
Minister Made said although irrigation development was important, there was need to look at plant and animal diseases that may come with it. Zimbabwe and Israel will also co-operate in the control of animal diseases.
“Israel leads in dairy production and has worked in China, Kenya and Botswana,” said Minister Made.
Ambassador Shaham said the meeting was fruitful. “We have reached a concrete level. We spoke to professionals and got suggestions on how we can help the small holder farmers through irrigation system,” he said.