By Staff Reporter
THE Youth in Agriculture Unit under the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture,Water,Climate and Rural Resettlement has released names of the top 50 young champion farmers in the country under its branding and profiling programme.
A ceremony will be held on the 12th of next month to recognize the farmers and Permanent secretary in the ministry of land Ringston Chitsiko said this was part of effort to lure young people into the agriculture sector.
“These young farmers were nominated from different sectors such as cropping, livestock, innovation, engineering and irrigation, water, soil management and media. The essence of young farmer branding is to help in luring and attracting young farmers into the agriculture sector”.
Chitsiko said guest of honor at the awards ceremony will be government parliamentary chief whip Pupurai Togarepi.
Under the branding programme information of successful youth farmers will be published through various platforms that include print and online media.
Other platforms will include distribution of brochures at major exhibition platforms such as the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) and Harare Agricultural Show (HAS).
Head of the youth desk in the ministry Nickros Kajengo said the list of young farmers was just a fraction of young who are excelling in the agricultural sector.
He said the thrust to lure investment in agriculture was premised on the fact that Zimbabwe is an agro based nation and young people are beginning to show appetite to venture into the sector.
“the branding and profiling exercise aim to unlock the potential of the youth in the sector in line with government vision 2030 whose thrust is to achieve upper middle income economy by 2030. Youth dividend is an important pillar towards realization of this. The list is a mere reflection and a fraction of capable young farmer in the agricultural arena,” said Kajengo.
He said government has also committed to provide land to youth groups who have solid project proposal to drive the economy and create employment for their peers.
Youth account for 60% of Zimbabwean’s population (Zim-Stat 2013) Kajengo said “the youth demographic dividened” offer a dynamic workforce that is innovative, have a high up take of technological know-how and the ability to take on significant level of risk.
Some of the winners are
Print Media Chikwati Elita
Electronic Radio male Valentine Mabhugu
Female Priscilla Roso
Online media Ndafadza Madanha
Advocacy Phillip Sewera
Advisory and guidance in the sector are :
Mboweni Douglas Econet
Denis Zaranyika Seedco
Foster Sugarcane Chiredzi,
Deputy Director Ministry of Agriculture and the Southern Africa Young Farmers Ambassador John Muchenje