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Developments in the Zimbabwean countryside
In the Zimbabwean countryside, farmers still make insufficient use of the latest methods and techniques. Now that there is economic growth, there are also opportunities for farm organisations to modernise in a sustainable way. A small group of farmers came to the Netherlands for a Business Link visit, so that they could meet business partners and develop themselves.
“We started our tour in the Netherlands by visiting various organisations,” says Willard Zireva, employee of Talana’s farm. “It has been all congested meetings, visits, observations, throughout the day, every day and finishing after 6.00 PM every day. Four Zimbabwean farm organisations are represented and we are here in the invitation of PUM. We have three best model farms, which have been selected by ZimTrade and PUM. An organisation dealing with small scale farmers called Owami, is also part of the delegation. It has been an eye opener for us. We have done and seen things, which we obviously didn’t know much about. And in general, it is such a beneficial visit and we have seen potential customers, potential suppliers of the various products, which we can take home. And we believe when we get back home, we have so much to take with us. More and more visits of this nature, in my view, will be beneficial to Zimbabweans, in order to enhance our exports, in order to enhance our knowledge, in order to do things differently.”
“One of the successful programmes is the best model farm project. Three farms are going to work together with small scale farmers, to grow exports.”
Tatenda Marume, is ZimTrade’s export manager and responsible for export development. He is satisfied with the collaboration: “We have achieved quite a lot, through our association with PUM, which began in 2016, where we signed a Memorandum of Understanding. We have been working with several sectors: horticulture, processed food, engineering and leather. We have done scoping exercises, which are diagnostic services to identify areas of improvement, to identify opportunities, I must say we have had successful programmes out of those scoping exercises. One of them is the best model farm project. Here we identified three farms that are going to work together with small scale farmers, to grow exports. They are going to be working as consolidated hubs using existing infrastructure and expertise from PUM to improve their systems.”