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Zimbabwe’s President to commission fruit and vegetable facility today

Today, President Emmerson Mnangagwa is to commission the Tabudirira Fruit and Vegetable Processing Hub in Mutoko. The plant is in line with Vision 2030 of an empowered upper middle income economy, as anchored on the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1). Via the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, the hub was funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) with the International Labour Organisation as its technical partner.

Presidential Horticulture Scheme to boost rural incomes
Apart from this, the Presidential Rural Horticulture Transformation Plan will be rolled out next summer cropping season to boost rural incomes. The government is set to roll out the scheme that will see 2,3 million households benefitting from fruit production and village nutrition gardens.

The orchards and gardens should, by 2030, be adding an average of US$2 000 a year to each rural family. Under the program, each targeted household will be given 10 trees of each fruit variety, depending on suitability of the fruit tree varieties for their region. According to¸ the focus lies on six varieties: passion fruit, pecan nut, guava, mango, macadamia and apple.



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