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Mr Ringson Chitsiko

TAAT bean project launched

Ministry of Lands, Agriculture and Rural resettlement has launched the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) projected today in Harare.

The launch of TAAT was graced by permanent secretary in the ministry of lands, Agriculture and Rural Settlement Mr Ringson Chitsiko.

Chitsiko highlighted the objectives of the project which are:

Establish and strengthen National Technology Delivery partnerships, Refine intervention zones and establish platform for registration of beneficiaries monitoring and evaluation, facilitate a vibrant and responsive delivery system to scale up the High Iron Bean seed grades through public private linkages and to promote wide adoption of good agricultural practices for increased HIB products.

“This bean compact is been launched by the ministry in collaboration with the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture CIAT within the frame work of the African Development Bank(AFDB) funded multinational project.”

“DRY Bean are one of the preferred grain legumes in Zimbabwe due to their ability to enrich the soil fixing atmospheric nitrogen, high nutritive value, short maturity period, long storage, versatility through ease of its conversation to cash and its comp ability with other important crops such as maize.”

“The beans are one of the best sources of iron (Fe) and zinc (Zn) two of the most common nutritional deficiencies in Zimbabwe.”

“I am confident that the TAAT bean project will contribute the reduction of the prevalence of micronutrient malnutrition in vulnerable communities in Zimbabwe.”

“The government of Zimbabwe values the partnership which exists between DR&SS and CIAT-PABRA, and it is our wish that the relationship is strengthened.”

The common bean is the second most important pulse crop in Zimbabwe.

National demand for the bean is over 90 000 tonnes while national production is approximately 26 000 tonnes.

The bean has so many products for consumption which include the bean yogurt, bean juice and bean flour which is available in several outlets around the nation.

 

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