An opinion columnist in the Newsday has labelled command agriculture a smokescreen designed to loot from the state. The columnist explained how Sakunda was given the uperhand to spearhead the President’s brainchild code-named Command Agriculture.
The Columnist qouted the Economist Intelligence Unit EIU which stated that:
Productivity in the agriculture sector remains relatively low with national average of less than one tonne per hectare for maize compared to Zambia’s 2,5 tonnes/ha and South Africa’s five tonnes/ha. This low level of productivity is common across all other crops and even livestock production.
Factors behind low productivity include low skills by farmers, low levels of mechanisation, use of inappropriate farming methods and farmer absenteeism from the plots and farms. To improve this, the 2020 National Budget should address the effectiveness of extension workers, including their mobility to improve knowledge transfusion to communal farmers
The Columnist then went on to add their voice to the article by saying:
Instead of guaranteeing Sakunda unlimited access to Treasury Bills and further plunging the country into debt, Finance minister Mthuli Ncube should start the process of capacitating agricultural colleges and extension services so that they can impart knowledge to “new” farmers on new seed varieties and management.
We know it’s fashionable to be neo-liberals, but certainly Zimbabweans should not allow socialism for the rich, a small political elite and its cronies milking the State dry, through free land, free inputs, free implements and their debts being taken over by the State. Agriculture remains Zimbabwe’s quick route to economic recovery if done properly; and the bad guys are weeded out
Command Agriculture was born in 2016 and has been operational over the past 2 farming seasons but with very little to show for it despite receiving $3 Billion dollars.