‘Zimbabwe will retain breadbasket status’ says VP Chiwenga

Zimbabwe has “immense potential to become Africa’s breadbasket” again, the country’s vice president Constantine Chiwengwa has reportedly said.

Chiwengwa said this in a speech at the official opening of the Victoria Falls Agricultural Show said the Sunday News.

Constantine Chiwengwa said that if farmers embraced government policies such as the”Command Agriculture and maximise use of local resources”, Zimbabwe would regain its status as the continent’s breadbasket.

Constantine Chiwengwa challenged farmers to “produce for export and contribute towards the 2030 vision for an upper-middle-class economy”.

“As the country continued to face persistent years of drought, we sat as government and said we are a blessed country tucked between Zambezi and Limpopo river so why droughts? We then thought of command agriculture and… the country is doing well in food security,” Mnangagwa was quoted as saying at the time.

According to Africa Check, there was a commonly held view that Zimbabwe used to be the breadbasket of Africa, although the specific timeframe in history was usually unclear.

This vague narrative, Africa Check said, gave an impression that Zimbabwe lost its “breadbasket” status during former President Robert Mugabe’s tenure.

“While Mugabe’s land reform programme seemingly contributed to a decline in Zimbabwe’s agricultural output, there’s limited evidence to suggest that the country was a dominant player in Africa’s food production prior to that period – at least from a staple food production perspective,” the report said.

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