"Zimbabwe has potential to grow export crops, such as medical cannabis"

The government has revealed that the country can export a lot more crops than traditional top earners, amid concern that agribusiness opportunities were not being taken fast enough in Zimbabwe.

Speaking at last week’s annual CEO Africa Roundtable in Victoria Falls, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement deputy minister Vangelis Haritatos listed several crops that could be scaled up for export.

“There is a huge gap in terms of technology in all the sub-sectors as far as boosting agriculture productivity is concerned. Zimbabwe is ideal for the production of more than 23 exportable crops and livestock commodities, including maize, sorghum, and other cereals, soybeans and other oil crops, legumes, macadamia, coffee, avocados, blueberries, citrus, and other key fruit trees and crops,” he said.

“There are also emerging high-value exportable commodities such as blueberries, industrial hemp, and medical cannabis. Zimbabwe is largely an exporter of primary agricultural commodities and has great potential to increase farm incomes, grow the economy and create employment through value addition. This is a very attractive space given the current and expected sector growth trajectory.”

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