Gardeners await Chinese funding

A team of urban agriculturalists in Hatfield are still waiting for the technical support promised by the Chinese Ambassador in the presence of senior local government ministers last year, it has emerged.

Amos Midzi
Amos Midzi

“The Chinese Ambassador and former government ministers, the late David Karimanzira, the incumbent minister of agriculture and farm mechanization, Joseph Made, and Amos Midzi came here in June 2010 to witness what we are doing and promised to give us assistance, but nothing has materialized to date,” said Tapiwa Taguta.

The Chinese delegation assured the group that they would drill boreholes, install water pumps and a green house, provide farm inputs, tools and small machinery to upscale the project.

The men are growing vegetables such as rape, tsunga, tomatoes, onions, broccoli, peas and lettuce which they sell to women coming from nearby Epworth, Mbare and even TM supermarkets.

“Our major challenge is water, that is why we are really looking forward to the promised assistance,” said Antony Shongedza, a retired civil servant in the Ministry of Agriculture and another group member.

He added that they relied on dwindling water wells which needed constant scooping to resuscitate water supply.

Mr Wang, First Secretary to the Ambassador, could not deny or confirm the technical assistance promised, but said something was being done about it. He asked that questions be put in writing for the ambassador's attention.

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