Cabinet has approved the $300 million Special Programme on Livestock Production that is expected to run for between three and five years.
Livestock farmers from all sectors — communal to A2 and institutions including churches, Prisons and Police farms across the country are expected to benefit. A2 farmers are however expected to anchor the programme.
The programme will cover all aspects of livestock including beef cattle, dairy cows, pigs, sheep, goats, fish, wildlife and small stock such as poultry and rabbits.
The fund will also go towards foot and mouth disease fences, resuscitation and establishment of dip tanks, watering points and livestock infrastructure.
Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister Dr Joseph Made said yesterday that the programme will boost crop production for stockfeeds, resuscitating the leather industry, and production of tally for soap.
It is also expected to boost production of blood and bone meal which the country is importing. “Cabinet has approved the programme submitted by the committee on Food Security and Nutrition chaired by vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Government has launched the National Command Fisheries Programme at Tokwe Mukosi Dam in southern Masvingo, with a target to stock at least 1,5 million fingerlings (young fish) to boost fish production across the province.
Tokwe Mukosi Dam was stocked with an initial 200 000 fingerlings for breeding purposes, with harvested fish expected to be stocked in other smaller dams and water bodies across the province as part of efforts to meet surging demand for fish.
The National Command Fisheries programme is being spearheaded by the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority and is in line with Government’s policy blueprint, Zim-Asset’s food security and nutrition cluster.
Speaking at the launch of the provincial Command Fisheries Programme at Tokwe-Mukosi Dam over the weekend, Masvingo Provincial Affairs Minister Senator Shuvai Mahofa, said the dam had potential to make the province a major fish producer.
Sen Mahofa said besides nutritional value, a vibrant fisheries industry would have many positive economic spin-offs for Masvingo through employment creation.
THE Command Livestock model will be tabled before Cabinet in a few weeks time and if approved will then be rolled out across the country, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa said yesterday.
Responding to questions during the International Business Conference held at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) in Bulawayo, the VP said the command livestock model was part of the broader food security and nutrition thrust aimed at boosting economic growth and creating jobs.
Once approved, he said Government would clarify the modalities of the programme implementation to livestock farmers and other stakeholders.
The model draws inspiration from the successful Command Agriculture scheme which has so far been implemented in the cropping sector.
ZIMBABWE is expecting to receive 80 centre pivots worth over $6 million from Spain to aid irrigation under Command Agriculture, as Government moves to adopt new technologies and strengthen infrastructural development in support of the successful import-substitution programme.
Negotiations are already underway for another facility worth $60 million for bigger equipment from the same country, Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister Dr Joseph Made said yesterday.
The 80 centre pivots will come in batches of 20 and the first batch has now been prepared for shipment, with installation of the units expected to start next month.
The centre pivots will range in size from those which can irrigate 20 hectares to those for 80 hectares.
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