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Rural Transformation Gathers Momentum

The Second Republic will accelerate rural modernisation and industrialisation to create jobs, improve livelihoods and transform lives of once marginalised rural communities.
This is part of the Second Republic’s development thrust encapsulated in the National Development Strategy 1, and which has seen life-changing industries being established in Mwenezi and Mutoko.
Speaking to thousands of people who thronged Chief Nenyunga homestead in Gokwe. Midlands, which is close to Matabeleland North Province and a hitherto underdeveloped area, President Mnangagwa said every farmer will this year get inputs for free under the climate-proofed Pfumvudza farming programme, which he launched yesterday.
Taking development to the rural areas, the President this year chose to launch the 2021/22 Pfumvudza programme, which has been extended to cotton at Chief Nenyunga homestead.
“We came here today. We want to modernise our agriculture and that will be

achieved through our minister implementing our directives.
“As a country we are now 41 years old and I have seen that this area is behind, so I said we will meet here to assure you that from today onwards you will be part of the development programmes by the Government.
“We have come with seed that is enough for the whole of Gokwe area, this seed will be given to farmers in both Gokwe North and South. The seed includes cotton, maize, sun flower and small grains seed. This is for free,” the President said.
Gokwe is the country’s cotton production hub accounting for 52 percent of produce.
As part of improving earnings in rural areas, the Second Republic is providing subsidies to farmers on top of inputs. *Herald*
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