PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has applauded beverages concern Delta for the support it extends to the agriculture sector through contract farming.
Addressing dignitaries after touring Delta’ flagship Lagers manufacturing plant in Harare, Mnangagwa said the company efforts are in sync with government’s thrust to promote marginalized communities.
“I commend Delta for the value chain linkages in agriculture and the commercial sectors of the economy which creates employment along these value chains in line with our national vision to create jobs through increased investment, having broad based empowerment, free from poverty and corruption.
It is pleasing to note that Delta Corporation supports agriculture by contracting many farmers to grow sorghum and barley for the use in the value chain.
Contract farming is part of Delta’s strategy to integrate remote and marginalized communities in the mainstream economy.
The company provides farmers with inputs, extension services and in deserving cases, capital expenditure funding with a focus to improve yields, uniformity of varieties and general agronomic practices”.
He said the company had this year decided to expand the contract model to include maize to ensure farmers remain productive throughout the year.
“This complements government’s special programme on Maize Production for import substitution commonly known as Command Agriculture. This must be applauded as it resonates well with our thrust to achieve food security and nutrition across the country”.
The president also commended Delta’s decision to invest US$50m per annum for the next five years in modernizing its plants dotted across the country.
He said the investment was in line with his administration thrust to decentralize and establish provincial economies where every region is expected to contribute to the GDP of the country.