Sydney Mubaiwa in ZAKA
Communal farmers in Zaka district have started receiving inputs supplied under the Presidential Inputs Support Scheme. Traditional leaders are, however, being implored to avoid nepotism. Under the programme, each household gets a 10kg bag of maize seed, a 50kg bag of compound D and a 50 kg of Ammonium Nitrate fertilisers.
Government has set aside $154 million for the Presidential Inputs Support Scheme to cater for the 2017-2018 summer cropping season, which is set to benefit more than two million households across Zimbabwe. This week, more than 3000 families in Zaka had received the inputs, which were being distributed at Jerera GMB depot.
Speaking at the official launch of the Presidential Inputs Support Scheme at Chinorumba Primary School in Zaka Central, Zanu-PF Masvingo provincial secretary for Lands and Rural Development Cde Livison Paradza warned traditional leaders against nepotism and discrimination when registering beneficiaries.
“Inputs issued here were given to you by our President, Cde Robert Mugabe, who wants the country’s agricultural productivity to improve. President Mugabe holds the people at heart and he will never take your lives for granted because he knows very well how important you are to him.”
He dismissed reports that the inputs distribution programme was for electioneering.
“The inputs distribution to farmers is not done to buy your votes, but he is a father with a heart for the people. He is the leader of this country,” he said.
Cde Paradza urged beneficiaries of the Presidential Inputs Support Scheme not to abuse the inputs.
“Avoid breaking the President’s heart by selling these inputs. Cde Mugabe does not want anyone to die of hunger.”
He said farmers should ensure that they make full use of the land in order to build on last year’s bumper harvest. Meanwhile, Cde Paradza also encouraged villagers to go and register as voters during the ongoing Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) programme.