Mozambique intends soon to adopt the successful model of agriculture called “Pfumvudza” from Zimbabwe to improve agricultural production at family level in the country, the Mozambican President, Filipe Nyusi, announced last Thursday, 18 May.
This is a climate-proof, ecologically-based model involving Government support to farmers to increase agricultural production. Since its adoption in Zimbabwe a few years ago, the country’s agricultural production has increased sharply and rural income levels have also risen.
Cited by Zimbabwean website Mbare Times, in Harare, and after talks with the President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, the Mozambican head of state said he would soon be sending a team to Zimbabwe to define the modalities for transferring skills and knowledge of Pfumvudza.
Filipe Nyusi also indicated that his Government is willing to welcome Zimbabwean farmers in Mozambique so that they can soon transfer their skills on the ground.
For his part, the Zimbabwean President said that his Executive created the Pfumvudza model of agriculture not only to combat droughts caused by the climate, but also to cope with Western sanctions that made it difficult to import food.
“Zimbabwe has suffered from food insecurity for many years, importing food, but because of sanctions, we said we had to produce our own food and we introduced a model of agriculture that ensures food security in every household in the country,” the President said.
Emmerson Mnangagwa stressed that “we have 3.5 million households, so we have determined that every household must have adequate food, with surplus, so that they can send their children to school”.