Vice President Retired General Dr Constantino Chiwenga says government is ready to allocate farming land to youths who have a proven track record in the agricultural sector.
Vice President Chiwenga revealed this at the 2020 National Young Champion Farmer Awards held in Harare this Friday.
Officiating at the ceremony which attracted several companies from the agricultural sector, Vice President Chiwenga applauded young farmers who are fully utilising land.
He assured them that government will avail land to all productive youths to venture into the farming business and contribute to the country’s food security.
“I am humbled and grateful to officiate at this second edition of the national young champion farmer awards. We are establishing vast tracts of land along the Zambezi, Save, Kanyemba, Limpopo Valley and Chimanimani for forestry, citrus, horticulture. This land is for production and the young farmers here is the opportunity for you to come on board and venture into estates, the government will support you, to get land there as long as you proved to be productive,” he said.
Vice President Chiwenga also assured farmers on the establishment of the much awaited Land Bank which he said is at an advanced stage.
“We are working around the clock to make sure land bank comes into fruition, and very soon the whole process of transforming Agribank into the land bank will be complete and it will open its doors for the farmers to access capital funding and boost productivity, he added.
The Vice President, flanked by Lands, Agriculture, Water, and Rural Resettlement Minister Dr. Anxious Masuka, and Mashonaland West Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Mary Mliswa handed over certificates to outstanding young farmers.