INDIGENOUS business people have thrown their weight behind command agriculture saying the scheme will stimulate economic growth and uplift the livelihoods of the majority.
Addressing a Press conference in Harare recently, Business Community of Zimbabwe spokesperson Cde Jimayi Muduviri said there was need to channel resources towards the revival of agriculture.
“Time is now for us to rally towards food production and security, retooling of our industries and creating the much needed employment.
“It is time for us to invest in agriculture and boost production. Food is for everyone so we need to be united for the growth of the agricultural sector. Command agriculture must succeed at all cost,” he said.
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Under the command agriculture scheme, Government targets to produce two million tonnes of maize from 400 000 hectares of land.
Farmers willing to join the programme are given inputs and equipment.
Cde Muduviri also castigated former Vice President and Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) leader Joice Mujuru’s political marriage with the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) leader Morgan Tsvangirai, saying it was clear that she had always worked with opposition forces to dislodge Zanu-PF from power.
“Mai Mujuru has betrayed the revolution by joining Tsvangirai. She is now in the class of Morrison Nyathi and Ndabaningi Sithole.
“After serving the Government of Zimbabwe for many years, Mai Mujuru has shown her true colours. By castigating His Excellency President Mugabe and asking him to go now or to step down, Mai Mujuru proved her ignorance of how Government operates,” said Cde Muduviri.
“She even exhibited her true colours way before in 2008 when she vigorously campaigned for Bhora Musango. During the inclusive Government she wanted the GNU to continue so as to protect whites.”
Cde Muduviri said President Mugabe was not going any- where.
“Cde Mugabe was given a five-year mandate to rule from 2013 up to 2018. He is our sole candidate for 2018. He is not going anywhere anytime soon.”
Cde Muduviri said President Mugabe’s Government had spearheaded development in the country since independence in 1980.
“By calling for President Mugabe to step down, Mai Mujuru is displaying her nakedness to the public. If she is a serious leader, why not wait for 2018?”
He said political bickering and illegal demonstrations organised by regime change agents were aimed at derailing efforts by Government to turn around the economy.