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Citrus Production Declines From 10k Hectares To 5k Hectares - Govt

Citrus Production Declines From 10k Hectares To 5k Hectares - Govt

Mr Davis Marapira, who was recently transferred from being the Minister of State in the Office of the President and Cabinet in charge of Monitoring the Implementation of Special Agricultural and Related Programmes has said citrus production has declined over the years.

He said there is a strong need for Government and its partners to invest more and capacitate farmers in the horticulture sector for them to increase their annual contribution to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Speaking after touring citrus production projects in Beitbridge on Monday, Marapira who is now with the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development said:

Horticulture in Zimbabwe at the moment is still very low, the production is below 5 percent.

A good example is citrus, as a country we used to do 10 000 hectares and currently, we are only doing 5000 hectares and citrus production has shifted from the northern part (Mazowe) to the southern part (Beitbridge) of the country.

Marapira who is the Member of Parliament for Masvingo North Constituency said in Beitbridge, some companies were doing almost 3000 hectares of citrus.

He said these need to be assisted to expand and increase production to be able to meet the demand for citrus locally and for the international market.

He said at the moment, the Beitbridge Juice Company was struggling to meet their target of exporting 40 000 tonnes of citrus products annually.

They need at least 5000 hectares of land for them to be able to do 3000 hectares of citrus and related products, the minister said according to The Herald’s Thumelo Muleya.

Marapira also said it is important for the government to give them land and make sure that they have a 99-year lease so that they can access finances.

Zimbabwe’s Agriculture sector has been struggling since the turn of the millennium when the country embarked on the fast-track land reform programme that was marred by human rights violations.

“New farmers” cite climate change and lack of adequate financial support as some of the leading challenges they are facing.

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12 Comments

🅼🅰🆁🅰🆅🅰🆉🅰 6 days ago

𝑪𝒊𝒕𝒓𝒖𝒔 𝒑𝒍𝒂𝒏𝒕𝒔 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒃𝒆𝒆𝒏 𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒏𝒆𝒅 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒐 𝒇𝒊𝒓𝒆 𝒘𝒐𝒐𝒅, 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒂 𝒅𝒊𝒔𝒈𝒓𝒂𝒄𝒆, 𝒈𝒂𝒎𝒆 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒇𝒂𝒓𝒎𝒔 𝒘𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒌𝒊𝒍𝒍𝒆𝒅 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒑𝒐𝒕, 𝒎𝒂𝒏𝒋𝒆 𝒔𝒐. 𝑽𝒊𝒍𝒍𝒂𝒈𝒊𝒛𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒐𝒇 𝒇𝒂𝒓𝒎 𝒍𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒔 𝒄𝒂𝒎𝒆 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒊𝒕𝒔 𝒘𝒐𝒆𝒔.


Tateguru 1 week ago

Yeah fanika pa Mazoe hapachanakidzi kutarisa sakare.
Paiva nema orange between Cheguti and Martin Spur hamheno kuti miti yacho yakaitwa zvekudzurwa here


Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 1 week ago

Ndoopatinozoti Smith was good coz what happened then compared to now is a disaster.
when we look at farmers in Zambia that we chased and grabbed their farms they doing very well as if they took with them the fertile soul 😀

Someone once said that when he visited a white friend who is a farmer in Zambia, he asked him if they can drive to see his farm 🤔 the white farmer was like drive 😀 we need a helicopter.
he was talking of one farm not farms.


EFFECT OF ZANU PF 1 week ago

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People Of Various Opinions 1 week ago

Everything is declining in my Homeland, only violence & corruption are increasing.......mafak d ruining pathi


Machiavelli 1 week ago

The glaring effect of The SUCCESSFUL LAND REFORM PROGRAMME.

God bress Pumura, orodhi Pumura ✊🏼✊🏼✊🏼


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bishu 1 week ago

the decline from 20k is a lie. it was more than 10k. i remember having a converation with a newly sttled farmer who remarked that the white former owner had been cruel to plant oranges. he had trouble kugobora kuti arime chibage.


totito 1 week ago

kkkk kugobora ma orange trees achiita pfumvudza. Thats typical of Zanuoids.

Putin 🇷🇺 1 week ago

Falling under your sight and bcz of your mismanagement


Mmmm 1 week ago

Mazoe oranges now just a memory of the good days.
Mugabe and Grace... 21 farms... Sad.


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SC 1 week ago

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