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Farmers, extension workers to be assisted by the launch of online platforms

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Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Resettlement  Dr John Basera has launched three online programmes to equip extension workers and farmers with skills and expertise.

The platforms; online lead farmer training, Zim Agric in-service training app and ZimAgrihub will also be useful in the transformation of agriculture. Dr Basera said President Mnangagwa had capacitated extension workers through availing 5 000 motorcycles and 3 170 had already been distributed.

“The Zim Extension In-service Training App and other digital platforms such as ZimAgriHub will then further empower the extension officers with the requisite technical backstopping skills,” he said. “To achieve this technical capacitation of extension staff through the use of ICTs, the Ministry has procured about 5 000 tablets and of these 4 425 have been distributed to provinces.”

The Zim-AgriHub is a virtual agricultural centre of excellence that aims to complement agricultural training and research institutions. “Zim-Agric extension in-service training app is a mobile in-service training application offering short-term refresher courses to various extension staff categories from crops and livestock production, farm management and marketing and policy related issues,” said Dr Basera.

“The Lead Farmer online training programme is a virtual platform meant to produce a farmer graduate who takes farming as a business and produces for a local and export market.”

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