Presidential plaudits for Command Agric

President Mugabe, flanked by First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe and zanu-pf Youth League Secretary Kudzanayi Chipanga, greet party supporters on arrival for a Youth Interface Rally at Somhlolo Stadium in Lupane, Matabeleland North, yesterday. — (Picture by Eliah Saushoma)

President Mugabe, flanked by First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe and zanu-pf Youth League Secretary Kudzanayi Chipanga, greet party supporters on arrival for a Youth Interface Rally at Somhlolo Stadium in Lupane, Matabeleland North, yesterday. — (Picture by Eliah Saushoma)

Sydney Kawadza Senior Reporter—
President Mugabe yesterday hailed Zimbabweans and Zanu-PF supporters, in particular, for heeding the call to participate in the hugely successful Command Agriculture Programme.Maize in excess of 2,1 million tonnes is expected to be harvested, even in dry areas like Gokwe and Lupane.

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Addressing thousands of party youths who thronged Somhlolo Stadium in Lupane, Matabeleland North, for the Fourth Presidential Youth Interface Rally, the President attributed the success of the programme to unity.

“Well, we are united under Zanu-PF and Zanu-PF has programmes and objectives. It is in Government. It is principled. It is very clear in its principles and in how to achieve the principles.

“I want to thank the party for the unity they managed to put together in order to achieve what they designed and called the Command Agriculture Programme.

“And I want to thank you for responding to the call by the party to join this programme and this year we are all happier for having in fact worked together.”

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The President’s comments flew in the face of anti-Command Agriculture rants by Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo, who made a rare appearance at a Presidential Youth Interface Rally yesterday.

“The Government tried its best providing inputs, seed, fertiliser, but you said ‘thank you, we shall provide, with the inputs that you have made available, the labour, the labour in our own respective areas.

“And we are happy that the Command Agriculture has produced, massive, massive, massive tonnes of maize.

Even here, lots of maize has been produced in areas which, normally, are dry and, thank God the rain was abundant. Every province, the same, so akula umuntu ozalamba as before.”

President Mugabe said when it becomes necessary, Government will assist, from its resources, the poor and the elderly.

He said Government would no longer import maize.

“I think for the next year or so, because the soils are wet, there is abundant water on the land and we are sure when we have that situation there will be evaporation enough to bring us rain.

“Our duty is to continue working together so that we continue to produce food for ourselves and others, even in Africa. We will have once again become the basket that has food for others outside Zimbabwe,” he said.

President Mugabe said the drought had even affected wild animals that were invading villages in search of food.

“There was little water anywhere they wanted to share it with us. They were uninvited guests. In some cases they even broke into our houses.

“But we are happy when the forests are green, the land is wet and the dams full, that the animals will not bother us they will know where to go and where their rightful homes are.”

During the third leg of the Youth Interface Rallies in Masvingo, President Mugabe described the Command Agriculture Programme as beautiful.

The programme, which is the brainchild of First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe is aimed at ensuring food security. It was adopted by Cabinet with Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa being assigned to supervise its implementation.

Vice President Mnangagwa chairs the Cabinet Committee on Food Security and Nutrition.

Command Agriculture is one of the quick-win deliverables under Zim-Asset’s Food Security and Nutrition Cluster.

It is also encapsulated in President Mugabe’s 10-Point Plan under the goal: “Revitalising agriculture and the agro-processing value chain”.

To build on the success recorded this year, Government has already signed another $487 million deal with Sakunda Holdings for the 2017-18 agricultural season.

The new facility is targeting 350 000 hectares up from the 172 000 planted last year.

Zimbabwe is expecting a bumper harvest of 2,7 million tonnes of cereals, with 2,1 million tonnes expected from maize.

The remaining 600 000 tonnes will come from small grains.

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  • jojo

    booooooring.wake me up when the monologue is over.zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Judas Iscariot

    If I’m to make a wild guess, i would say Chipanga might be the only youth at this rally who benefited from command ugly-culture. Unlike the Herald, the president seems to acknowledge it was the heavy rains that played a bigger role in making sure farmers had good harvests. The president also seem to acknowledge that we used to be a breadbasket of Africa, the only difference is that then we didn’t rely on programs by politicians like command ugly-culture to produce. Farming was a way of life,unfortunately it’s now being used for political mileage.
    We had free markets that made sure the farmers got fair prices for their produce,now farmers are being pawned,somebody gives you farming inputs and you’re forced to sell your grain to them. Your creditors gets to decide the fair value of your products.

  • Mugabeism

    The youths are united in their support for President Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe and his anointed heir as Head of State and Government and Commander in Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President-in-Waiting Dr Grace Mugabe.

    When the President says “Emulate the youths,” he means follow the example of the youths’ devotion to Mugabeism – support (Robert) Mugabe today; support (Grace) Mugabe tomorrow; and support (Chatunga) Mugabe forever!

    • Comrade Ziso

      Like they try to make us believe they are saints to do their jobs, the youth will make them believe they stand behind the “annointed one”.

      You think over 30 years of servitude to the struggle and the party can be eroded and overtaken by some mafikizolo that doesn’t even have a grain of revolutionary credentials?

      Let the time come, you will know

  • Mugabeism

    If anyone doubts who is in charge in government, how Command Agriculture operated will enlighten them.

    The VP took orders from Her Excellency Dr Grace Mugabe, who is the de facto co-President.

    All loyal party cadres should emulate the youths and acknowledge Dr Mugabe as de facto co-President. Acknowledging this fact will ensure a smooth transition whenever God chooses to call Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe to Heaven to sit beside him, and is this not in ZANU-PF’s Best interests?

  • mandevu

    government has borrowed another half a billion dollars for command. Sorry it still doesnt add up