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Zimbabwe agricultural sector gets $7 million from EU

Staff Writer | October 4, 2017
ZIMBABWE'S agricultural sector has received a boost after the European Union (EU) availed over $7 million.
Zimbabwe agricultural sector
Africa   Philippe Van Damme launched a new call
This is for funding the training of agricultural extension workers, as part of efforts to improve sustainable farming.

In a statement, the EU Delegation in Harare headed by Ambassador Philippe Van Damme launched a new call for proposals to support improved service delivery by public private partnerships.

"In total, the EU is providing ₧6 000 000 ($7 149 600) for a project that aims at promoting sustainable service delivery in the field of research, education and extension for improved contribution to wealth creation and agricultural growth.

"The target groups of this support include the Departments of Research and Specialist Services and of Agriculture Education and Farmer Training, Agritex and Ministry of Youth and Indigenisation," the statement said.

Government in the past has accused the EU delegation along with other foreign embassies in Harare, of funding "regime change" programmes in Zimbabwe under the guise of promoting human rights and other social safety nets.

According to the statement the call is launched in the framework of the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) and the National Indicative Plan (NIP), signed between the EU and the government of Zimbabwe in 2015 marking the resumption of full development co-operation after years of frosty relations.