By David Adin
NEARLY 1360 farmers, made up of mainly former farm workers received farming inputs under the Pfumvudza/Intwasa programme in Ward 34 in Mazowe recently.
The inputs comprised 10kg of seed maize, 50kg Ammonium Nitrate and 5litres of a pesticide.
Councillor Edwin Chinotimba for Ward 34 under Mazowe Rural District Council hailed the Government for availing the inputs on time.
He praised the Second Republic and President Emmerson Mnangagwa for remembering former farm workers.
“l am very thankful to His Excellency, President Mnangagwa for this gesture … during former President Robert Mugabe’s era, this never happened,” he said.
Cllr Chinotimba said availing farming inputs to the former farm workers would go towards improving food security at household level in the ward.
It would also reduce cases of food and maize thefts since many would have something to sustain their lives, he said.
He warned the beneficiaries of the inputs against selling the package for monetary gains.
“You are warned not to sell these inputs as this will be detrimental to President Mnangagwa’s efforts as he is working tirelessly to guarantee food security in our country,” he said.
One of the beneficiaries, Chenai Chapusa of Watakai Farm, thanked President Mnangagwa for bringing such supportive programmes to the marginalised and for not leaving her and fellow farm workers behind.
“This programme is good because we cannot afford the cost of buying farming inputs.
The timing is very good as the farming season is starting. We have faith in President Mnangagwa leading Zimbabwe. He has done a lot to save us and has promised us a brighter future. As farm workers we are looking forward to having baba Mnangagwa as our President,” she said.
Another beneficiary, Anywhere Zindunda of Hillgroove Farm, also hailed the President for the inputs.
“We are happy that the inputs are being availed and distributed fairly not considering one’s political affiliation,” he said.
More than 80 000 farmers in Mazowe are set to benefit under the programme this season compared to 70 000 last season.