Farmers hail government for giving them platform for their voice to be heard

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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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