I AM delighted to announce the launch of Zimpapers Agriculture Journal, which will essentially serve different key audiences in agriculture that include crop farmers, livestock producers, the produce supply chain and agro-retailers and contains agriculture content, data and business insights.
It is exciting to note that the journal has come at a time when the country direly needs reliable hubs for the dissemination of agricultural information critical for catalysing agricultural innovation, modernisation and the general production process.
Our agriculture is going through a commercialisation revolution, thanks to the various initiatives by Government, the private sector, NGOs and other key stakeholders that are introducing various support programmes. It is in the same vein that I need to congratulate Zimpapers for introducing this journal that will be important in effective information dissemination, which provides an excellent opportunity for policy makers, agribusiness, farmers and other stakeholders to convey and share information precisely and timeously.
The Government is currently seized with rolling out of various agriculture transformation strategies meant to breathe life into the sector and ultimately feed into Vision 2030 that seeks to transform the country into an upper middle income economy by 2030. It is not a secret that agriculture is one of the key drivers of our economy, hence the need to ensure that information, which helps boost agricultural productivity circulates freely.
Allow me therefore to use this opportunity to wish all stakeholders in the agriculture industry and the country at large, a prosperous 2021/22 cropping season that is already showing signs that we may be headed for another bumper harvest.