Refugee farmers win big

Trust Bvaranga

FARMERS in Tongogara Refugee Camp and host communities exchanged knowledge at a field day that was held at Tongogara Refugee Camp New Irrigation Scheme on January 18, 2022.

The farmers from both sides later received awards for best performances.

Tongogara Refugee Camp Administrator Mr Johanne Mhlanga appreciated the members of staff from different government departments for attending the maize field day ceremony.

In his speech, Mr Mhlanga said: “Our aim is to have agriculture contributing to food security and nutrition. Today, we are celebrating a milestone of peaceful celebration between host communities and refugees. There is a huge cross pollination of ideas between the two parties.”

The Camp Administrator added that they had 50 hectares of maize shared by 435 farmers of which 10 percent is given to the host community.

He acknowledged UNHCR and World Vision among other organisations for supporting farming. He also guaranteed that by the end of February the camp shall open a new irrigation scheme.

Agricultural Extension Officer Mr. Targeson Mapiya was also commented for educating farmers with 21st century knowledge of farming which resulted in a good yields.

Mr Lovemore Dumba of United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) expressed a token of appreciation to the farmers who excelled in farming and went on to advise them to keep raising the flag.

Chipinge District Development Coordinator (DDC) Mr William Mashava, represented by his assistant, Mr Chamunorwa Salani, appreciated the wonderful work being done in that the refugee camp.

Prizes included wheelbarrows, knapsacks, seeds, fertilizers and empty sacks.

The event was graced by organizations which include Red Cross, Childline, United Nations Higher Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), World Vision, Zimbabwe Republic of Police, Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services, Gains and others from the Department of Agriculture Technical and Extension Services.

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