Zimbabwe Farmers’ Union and Barclays Bank, supported by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education launched the second phase of the Fit For Life Young Farmers’ Clubs Entrepreneurship and Empowerment project.
The event was hosted by Kanyemba Secondary school in Mazowe district of Mashonaland Central on 9June 2016.
Barclays bankrolled the project with USD$206, 145.00.
The future belongs to those who plan for it and this program is aimed at empowering young farmers with entrepreneurship skills, thus securing the future of Zimbabwe’s agriculture sector.
This memorable event was officiated by the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Dr Lazarus Dokora who expressed his joy with the partnership which empowers young people and compliments programs his ministry is undertaking.
“I am particularly impressed with the partnership between ZFU and Barclays Bank because it has given birth to projects that improve the capacity of youths in agriculture” he said.
Through this program young farmers are expected to develop financial capability skills which enable them to make informed and effective financial decisions as well as improving the understanding and application of farming as a business concept.
Speaking at the launch, ZFU’s Field and Projects manager, Mr Shadreck Hungwe said,” Through this program young farmers are taught on how to utilise funds in a rational manner”.
Barclays Bank Chairman Mr Mandiwanza spoke on how his bank shares the same vision with ZFU, of transforming situations for the better and improving lives.
“Looking at the relationship Barclays has with ZFU, we have come to realize that we share the same vision and that is why it is easy for us to work together,” he said.
Mashonaland East Provincial Affairs Minister Cde Martin Dinha commended ZFU and Barclays Bank for coming up with such a program that empowers young people.
“This is not a small thing we are gathered here for, the vegetables I saw in the garden are proof enough that this program will improve our agriculture sector,” he said.
I am particularly inspired by the words of Thomas Jefferson, which say Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals and happiness,” he added