In a press statement, Professor Jonathan Moyo admitted that he was indeed a beneficiary of Command Agriculture despite being a critic of the figures presented by State owned media.
Moyo reveals that he clarified to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa that he was not against Command Agriculture but was just questioning the figures presented by The Chronicle, The Herald and The Sunday Mail to the public. He said that his criticism was based on firsthand experience as a farmer. Said Moyo:
I advised the Honourable Vice President that I had not attacked Command Agriculture anywhere but that, based on my first hand knowledge in light of my family’s experience in Mazowe and the harsh experiences of other farmers, I had questioned the shockingly politicised and personalised misrepresentation and exaggeration of Command Agriculture by the Herald, Chronicle, Sunday Mail and Sunday News. I gave Vice President Mnangagwa examples of many and very recent instances in which the Herald, Chronicle, Sunday Mail and Sunday News have persistently but without any evidence have claimed that Command Agriculture in a $500 million initiative supporting maize production under 400ha that is poised to yield some three million tonnes of maize in what would be an unprecedented bumper maize harvest. Furthermore I pointed out that I have expressed serious concern that the Herald and Sunday Mail had gone over the top and published false stories claiming that the Government had used the alleged success of Command Agriculture to institute a Command Economy as Government policy.
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