By Tendai Moyo
Cabinet has approved the Horticulture Recovery Plan aimed at transforming agriculture from a USD5.2b to a US8.2b sector.
Speaking during this week’s Cabinet briefing, Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcast Services Monica Mutsvangwa highlighted that this move will benefit over one million people.
“The Horticulture Recovery and Growth Plan focuses on two broad and mutually reinforcing areas, namely a private sector-driven recovery of the conventional horticulture sub-sector and a robust, inclusive and sustainable and transformative rural horticulture subsector,” she said.
“While the conventional horticulture recovery plan will require US$1 047 719 284 from the private sector and partners, the Presidential Scheme will cost US$186 920 000 and cover 1.8 million rural households.
“The Presidential Horticulture Scheme will have the following components, household tree planting, village nutrition gardens, ward based youth vegetable and horticulture gardens and orchards, schools vegetables and fruits, research, development and innovation in production, processing and value addition and beneficiation and domestic and export market development.”