By Staff Reporter
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has urged Old Mutual (OM) to consider supporting the command agriculture programme and horticulture industry.
The president was speaking at the OM Anchoring in Africa Zimbabwe gala dinner.
“Over and above the well documented history of investment and business operations in Zimbabwe, allow me to highlight that OM has a long track record of partnering Zimbabwe’s government and its people on the socio-economic front over the years.
These range from energy and power generation, to SME financing, agriculture funding of small scale banana growers and sugar cane farmers. Such initiatives are applauded and help to provide security to families and earn the country much needed foreign currency through export of their produce.
However, I would like to challenge OM to consider investing in agriculture under the command agriculture programme as well as pursuing other investment that will quicken the resuscitation of our horticulture industry”.
The command agriculture programme is a government sponsored initiative targeted at restoring food security in the country.
Under the programme government provides inputs to farmers who in turn repay when they harvest their crop.
At its inception the programme was targeted at maize production but now encompasses soya bean, cotton and tobacco.