Thursday, March 09, 2017

 Zimbabwe Government Revises Growth Rate
March 9, 2017
Tendai Mugabe
Senior Reporter
Zimbabwe Herald

Government has revised this year’s economic growth rate from 1, 7 percent to 3, 7 percent following prospects of a bumper harvest expected this farming season and positive results already trickling in from sweeping economic policies being implemented across all sectors of the economy.

Among other things, Government is addressing issues to do with ease of doing business, policy clarity, high cost of doing business and engagement of the international community to bring back the country on a robust economic revival path.

Addressing military officers attending the Joint Command and Staff Course Number 30 in Harare yesterday, Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa said this good harvests anchored on Command Agriculture expected this year would spur economic growth nationally.

“We have never spent as much money as we have done on agriculture as we have done this season,” said Minister Chinamsa.

“I am pleased that with the blessings of the Almighty, who gave us abundant rains, we are anticipating growth in agriculture. In fact, we are revising growth in the agricultural sector which in turn we are revising the overall growth. I anticipate after the revision our growth to be around 3, 7 percent from 0, 7 percent or so that we had anticipated in the 2017 National Budget.

“We are looking at maize, we are anticipating production of around US$3 billion from all sectors – Command (Agriculture), Presidential Input Scheme, A2 farmers, A1 farmers, those who did not subscribe to Command Agriculture we are expecting grain delivery of 3 million metric tonnes. This is over and above what we achieved last year of around 1 million metric tonnes, even less around 750 000 metric tonnes.

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