Matopos in Matabeleland has been chosen by a non-governmental organisation The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) to be the centre for dryland farming research centre.
According to All Africa News:
ICRISAT is a non-profit making organisation that conducts agricultural research for development in the dry lands of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
The organisation headquartered in India also helps to empower disadvantaged communities to overcome poverty, hunger and environmental problems through better agricultural practices.
Speaking earlier this week the Regional director for the Research body ICRiSAT said that the idea behind setting up the project in Matopos was to help emerging entrepreneurs to test their ideas before commercialising them.
Highly profitable crops such as horticultural crops may not have structured markets but together we can find solutions based on our knowledge and experience. As part of the revitalisation of our research work, we will establish an incubation centre through the South-South collaboration with the government of India
The organisation has reportedly availed $3 Million for the revitalisation of the research centre.
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