By Staff Reporter
GOVERNMENT says the Pfumvudza Presidential Input Scheme Programme that was rolled out last year was supported to the tune of ZWL$6 billion.
Responding to a question in the House of Assembly last week Finance and Economic Development minister Professor Mthuli Ncube, said the Pfumvudza programme was a form of productive social protection.
“The entire Pfumvudza Presidential Input Scheme Programme is a form of social protection. That is what we refer to as productive social protection where you give those who are vulnerable inputs or productive assets for them to be productive and look after themselves in farming.
That is probably our largest social protection programme for the vulnerable in our country. Last year as you will recall, we spent well over $6bn on that programme alone. It has been very successful”.
He said the Pfumvudza scheme was money well spent as the beneficiaries of the scheme will produce almost a million metric tonnes of maize ensuring household and national food security.
“We expect those farmers this season as we are harvesting to produce almost a million metric tonnes of maize and we are proceeding with that programme to target winter wheat programme as well. That is the first one on productive social protection programmes”.
The Pfumvudza Programme was adopted by the Government as a measure to address the problems of low productivity, low production and low profitability of farming which continue to negatively affect the food security situation in the country.
Because of the low productivity and low production, the country has become a perennial net importer of cereal grains amounting to USD800 million annually.
This increases pressure on the fiscus to source foreign currency for grain importation which could be channelled to other productive sectors of the economy if we produced sufficient amounts for our country. The Pfumvudza concept is an attempt reverse, this insalubrious state of affairs.