Agriculture plays an important part in rural development, especially due to land use, in countries where the sector is of less economic significance.
YOUNG women farmers countrywide have applauded the initiative by 4-H Zimbabwe of introducing the Intwasa/Pfumvudza awards saying it gave them the zeal to play a part in boosting the country’s food security.
The country’s agriculture sector was highly boosted for the 2020 and 2021 farming season as bumper harvests were recorded in all districts mostly due to the conservation farming technique commonly known as Intwasa/Pfumvudza.
On realising the high yields obtained by farmers, local companies partnered to award farmers, particularly young women who have for years been marginalised in the industry’s value chain.
This was done by awarding the farmers certificates of excellence for their outstanding work in farming activities at the second edition of the awards ceremony held in Hurungwe West last Month.
Deputy Minister for Women’s Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Jennifer Mhlanga said women need thorough training in order to be productive.
“The awards are of necessity and are aimed at boosting the confidence of young female farmers to take up the profession formerly linked to men and do wonders.
“The awards will also allow these young farmers to produce for sustenance and excess for sale to enable a healthy living, economic independence and sustainability,” she said.
Young female rural farmers were again awarded with certificates of excellence for their outstanding work in farming at a ceremony in Hurungwe West on Saturday.
The theme: ‘Musha Mukadzi Murimi, Promoting gender equality through agriculture’ aims at uplifting and encouraging female farmers from different provinces in the country. This is to boost confidence to young female farmers to take up the former profession linked to men and do wonders.