By Simbisai Shonhiwa
ZANU PF members and delegates this year converge in
Goromonzi, Mashonaland East province for the Party’s
18th National People’s Conference.
The conference will be running under the theme,
‘Mechanise, Modernise and Grow the Economy Towards
The conference is being held at a time Government has
stepped up efforts to improve the status of the country
by putting in place strategies that promote development.
Upon assuming office, the President of Zimbabwe and
First Secretary of ZANU PF Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa-led
Government crafted the Vision 2030 programme which seeks
to transform Zimbabwe into a upper middle income economy by
The first phase of Vision 2030 has already been rolled out
as the country is implementing the Transitional Stabilisation
President Mnangagwa earlier this year highlighted that for
the country to attain Vision 2030 there was need for stakeholders
from all sectors of the economy to work together.
He highlighted that Government would continue to put in place
a conducive economic environment for the success of
“To attain Vision 2030, we cannot afford to have idle, unproductive
or under-utilised farms,”said President Mnangagwa
“Equally captains of industry and commerce must be
pro-active by supporting agriculture and its attendant value chains.”
With agriculture being one of the key economic sectors,
Government has put in place measures to ensure farmers
have access to adequate farm implements and adopt new technologies.
These efforts are aimed at improving production levels in
light of the challenges resettled farmers have been facing.
Farmers have bemoaned the lack of access to adequate
financial resources and at times expertise.
The country requires two million metric tonnes of maize
annually to meet local demand and at times the target has
not been met, hence the calls by ZANU PF to mechanise
the sector to improve production.
Addressing stakeholders in Harare during the opening
of the Zimbabwe Agricultural Show in August, President
Mnangagwa urged resettled farmers to prove that they
were not mere farmers but real producers.
“The new agrarian revolution requires beneficiaries to give
due attention to improving productivity across all crops,”
he said. “The rationale behind our historic, irreversible
Land Reform Programme was to empower the indigenous
people with the greatest factor for production, which is the
“We must now, therefore, roll up our sleeves and assure
Farmers have not been spared from the negative effects of
climate change which has resulted in the country receiving
erratic rains and experiencing prolonged mid-season
Gone are the days when farmers relied solely on rain-fed
irrigation.Stakeholders contend investments should be made towards
irrigation facilities such as acquiring centre pivots and drip irrigation to curb the effects
of climate change.
In the past,Government has initiated programmes such as the
Irrigation Development and Rehabilitation Scheme and the
Farm Mechanisation Programme to assist farmers.
Other key sectors that require massive mechanisation
drive are mining and manufacturing.
Over the past years, just as opportunities were being
availed to locals in the agriculture sector, they were also
being availed in the mining sector.
The country is endowed with rich minerals that include
gold, diamonds, chrome, nickel, platinum and lithium,
The opportunities availed have resulted in the growth of
small-scale miners who have made significant contributions
to the mining sector output.
These miners, due to lack of financial resources have no
access to requisite mining implements that would help
them maximise on production.
This has resulted in Government also paying attention to
their needs and working towards the mechanisation of
The manufacturing industry has not been spared from the
economic challenges being faced by other sectors. The
illegal sanctions imposed on the country by the West have
made it difficult for players in the sector to access new
and spare parts as well as raw materials.
This has negatively affected production. Most industries
rely on obsolete equipment. As ZANU PF steps up the
mechanisation drive, pundits contend there is need for
retooling of industries to ensure maximum production of
Embracing new technologies would ensure industries
are modernised and are capable of producing maximum
levels, and in the process, cutting production costs.
Through various empowerment programmes by ZANU PF
there has been a growth of home industries or Small-to Medium
Enterprises (SMEs). Statistics indicate that SMEs which employ
about 60 percent of the population contributes over 50 percent
of the Gross Domestic Product.
Like other players in the economy, SMEs have to be
mechanised, formalised and adopt new technologies to
ensure maximum production.