Report by Thomas Chidamba
A battle is simmering, not only for the name but to honour young farmers as the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Climate, Water and Rural Resetlement plan separate awards with the same title next month, Zim Morning Post can reveal.
Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Climate, Water and Rural Resettlement will host its version of Young Farmer Awards on Thursday at Botanical Gardens in Harare.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to be the guest of honour at the event.
More than 120 young farmers and media personalities who have stood out in the Agricultural sector will walk away with various awards including Motorcycles, bicycles, inputs and cash.
These awards are sponsored by Seedco, K2, Syngenta, Tobacco Industry, Aspindale Markets, Cottco, GMB and Econet.
This comes at a time when the Federation of Young Farmers Club in Zimbabwe Trust (FYFCZ) is preparing to hold the Young Farmer awards on 29 November at the Harare Exhibition Park where Vice President Kembo Mohadi is expected to be the quest of honour.
This event is organised in partnership with the Zimbabwe Agricultural Show Society.
Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Climate, Water and Rural Resettlement Awards Coordinator Nickros Kajengo said they are not in any competition with anyone but are mandated by President Mnangagwa’s vision to empower youths in Agriculture.
“As Youth Desk (in the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Climate, Water and Rural Resettlement) we are not competing with anyone, rather we are there to compliment each other with anyone who want to encourage productivity in the agricultural sector.
“It is the Ministry’s duty to ensure production, productivity, food security and Livelihoods for our people.
“His Excellency, President ED Mnangagwa has continued to say that the new adminstration is there to empower youths in all sectors of the economy.
” So that is the mandate we are pushing as a ministry, ” Kajengo said.
FYFCZ Chief Executive Officer Phillip Sewera said in a statement they aim to promote young farmers.
“Federation of Young Farmers Club in Zimbabwe Trust will host National Young Farmer Awards on November 29 in partnership with the now Zimbabwe Agricultural Show Society.
“The organisation has completed a number of foundational programs this year that will see our network of commercial young farmers growing to 6000 by end of year 2020,” reads part of the statement.