Government has launched a restocking programme following a poor 2018-19 season according to the crop and livestock assessment recently conducted by the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement.
The cattle breeding project will see the scaling up of artificial insemination across the country’s rural provinces.
It seeks to reposition the cattle industry for the export market and galvanise value chains.
Agriculture Minister Chief Air Marshal (Retired) Perrence Shiri said, government has embarked on a Private Public Partnership (PPP) to enhance production of the agricultural sector.
He said the partnership will significantly boost crop and livestock production thereby contributing to national food security.
“We need this Private Public Partnership (PPP) to grow the Zimbabwean economy and indeed the economy of the Midlands province is in line with the devolution agenda. I am told the beef herd here (Midlands) has been a source of seed animals to many farmers.
“That is a great way to support the government restocking programme by providing good animal genetics to rebuild and grow our national herd.
He said livestock were in a better condition since the launch of the livestock programme.
“We carried out a crop and livestock assessment. On the crop part it’s now an open secret that the last summer season was not that good. We had a false start to the season and the rains came very late. So the rain fed crops didn’t do well and as a result we won’t be able to produce enough to feed the country.
Chinhoyi University of Science and Technology will be spearheading the harvesting of semen, its processing and temperature specific temperature storage as part of the replenishment and growth of the cattle industry.
“We need this Private Public Partnership (PPP) to grow the Zimbabwean economy and indeed the economy of the Midlands province is in line with the devolution agenda.