The Minister for Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement Perrance Shiri said that Command Farming is set to continue.
Shiri said that the programme will only be discontinued once alternative funding is available. Shiri revealed this while delivering a lecture at the Zimbabwe National Defence University on Monday. He said:
To confirm this, His Excellency the President of Zimbabwe in his inauguration speech pointed out that under the ‘New Economic Order’ Government’s economic policy will also be anchored on agriculture.
Command Agriculture is here to stay until such a time when the Government is satisfied that the financial institutions can support the same levels of production without Government intervention. Any premature withdrawal by Government will be like abandoning the ship.
There have to be alternative financing models in place; functional, not theoretical and once that has been established, Government will have no business to continue in the production directly except for the area of regulatory and capacity building; the training of farmers and provision of extension services.