AGM leaves farmers geared up for more agroecology action

BY STEVE EPHRAEM

AN Annual General Meeting (AGM) held by Participatory Organic, Research, Extension and Training (PORET) at PORET Training Centre, Chaseyama in Chimanimani West on 29 November 2023 left agroecology farmers geared up for more action. This was revealed by the newly-elected Vice Chairman of the committee that will stir the ship for the next three years.

Speaking on the sidelines of the AGM, Vice Chairperson, Peter Chinawa, said that farmers are geared for more action.

“We are geared up for more action. I am happy that the farmers have put their faith in our committee and we are ready to coordinate more activities for the farmers. As for me, I am open to get advice from previous committee members so that we can use their experience to boost production,” he said.

The AGM which was attended by more than a thousand delegates was attended by various stakeholders who include government arms and Acting Chief Mutambara.

In his address, the director of PORET, Mr Julious Piti, encouraged people to practice agroecology in order for communities to benefit from the environment.

“When we conserve our natural resources, it benefits us a people and the earth. We must not undress the earth through destruction of resources. The negative practices which led to the destruction of the ozone layer have resulted in climate change.

PORET Director, Mr Piti

“Organic food and our health go hand in glove. Growing food using traditional seed and bio-fertilisers is cheap and affordable. We should return to the basics and promote growing and consumption of organic food,” he said.

The eight member committee elected comprised of Nhamo Moses Kudana as chair deputised by Peter Chinawa. Mr Tawanda was elected secretary deputised by Lucia Munyisa. Nomatter Gudyanga was re-elected as treasurer as Selina Jonasi, Celine Kudejira and Lizzy Nyangani took positions as committee members.

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