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    Chirumanzu holds first Agriculture Show in 21 years


    MVUMA -
    Chirumanzu District held its first agriculture show since 1995 which proved a big success as a bumper 218 farmers participated.
    The show which was held at Mvuma Primary School two weeks ago drew farmers from 25 wards.
    Like many other shows throughout the country there was no livestock due to foot and mouth disease outbreak in Zimbabwe.
    The show was held under the theme 'Climate Smart Agriculture; increasing productivity with climate change in mind.
    Caristo Masiiwa, the District Agricultural Extension officer said the theme of the show is meant to encourage farmers to grow different crops in order to suit climate changes and to enhance food security which is in line with ZimAsset and first two points of the 10 point plan.
    Masiiwa said it was their district's first agriculture show since 1995 before the land reform program.
    "This is our first agriculture show since 1995 before the land reform program. I am overwhelmed by the turnout of farmers and their participation although we may have faced some challenges in mobilizing people.
    "I am also impressed by the quality of farmers' display and also support from political leaders and the Ministry of Agriculture," said Masiiwa.
    The Provincial Agricultural Extension officer Peter Chamisa was the guest of honor at the show.
    A member of the central committee Marx Zvidzai, representatives of Chief Chirumanzu and ward councilors attended the show.
    Representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, Veterinary services, Pannar, Livestock Production and development, Agritex, Seed-co were also at the show where more than 218 exhibitors displayed 1 023 exhibits.
    The farmers brought a variety of agricultural produce which include vegetables, fruits, cereals, tobacco, poultry and rabbits.
    Others also brought some handcraft items such as yolks, clay pots, cooking sticks, weaving baskets and cultural artifacts for the competitions.
    The overall winner of the show was Tinos Majoni of ward 12 in Chiodza Resettlement. He won the first prize of 50 kg bag of maize, two 5kgs of seed-co maize seed and some plough spare parts.
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