By Hlonipi Chisoro
Zimbabwe National Farmers Union vice president Mr Garikai Musika says the main challenge that was faced by farmers in terms of advocating for better policies was that they did not have a voice and the policies they put in place were never taken into consideration.
In an interview with Star FM News Mr Musika said with the new government farmers are now given platforms for their voice to be heard and this is positive for the agriculture sector.
Meanwhile Zimbabwe Farmers Union executive director Mr Paul Zakariya said there is need for farmers to improve on production because at the moment farmers are not able to meet local requirements which results in the importation of agricultural products.
He said there is need to capacitate farmers to produce for both the local and export markets.
Officially opening the Southern African Confederation of African Farmers Union in Victoria Falls on Monday President Emmerson Mnangagwa challenged farmers unions to seek partnerships to stimulate growth and reduce imports of agricultural products.
He also challenged farmers unions to advocate for better agricultural policies and to observe agreements such as the SADC regional agricultural policy and the African continental free trade area which seeks security and improve national food security.
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