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Zimtrade plans to turn Masvingo into a horticulture zone

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Zimtrade plans to turn Masvingo into a horticulture zone

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Trymore Tagwirei

MIRROR REPORTER

MASVINGO- Masvingo must be turned into a horticulture export zone because of its abundant dams and suitable soils and climate, Zimtrade Eastern Region Development Officer Admire Jongwe has said.

He said that farmers are underutilizing the good agricultural conditions in Masvingo.

Speaking at Masvingo Business Expo two weeks ago, Jongwe said there were ready international markets for agricultural produce such as peas, beans, macadamia nuts, blueberries, strawberries and garlic which Masvingo can produce.

“We want to convert Masvingo into a greenbelt that exports horticulture products. Masvingo has the advantage in that it has good climate conditions and large water bodies in the form of dams,” said Jongwe.

Masvingo has Zimbabwe’s two largest inland dams in the form of Tugwi-Mukosi and Mutirikwi.

Zimbabwe is exporting about half of its horticulture exports to the United Arab Emirates. 

In 2021 Zimbabwe entered into trade agreements with the European Union, COMESA and SADC in order to bridge the problem of global gap.

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