While the nation was enjoying Christmas on Wednesday, the President’s family hosted a Chinese delegation on its Pricabe Farm in Sherwood.
The Chinese delegation from the China Lesso Group came after receiving the invitation of First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa following her recent trip to China.
The firm is specialised in agriculture, home equipment and PVC products and is interested in investing in irrigation technology.
Speaking to journalists during the farm tour, President Mnangagwa said his family was participating in producing for the country.
“No, no I am not (getting my hands dirty). This is life. This is what God said in Genesis, idyai zveziya (enjoy the fruits of your sweat) and that is what we are doing,” President Mnangagwa said.
“These (China Lesso Group) are some of the companies that she met in China who have come and have a bias towards agriculture and they are looking around to see the type of soils, the type of climate and the type of crops that we grow in Zimbabwe so that they can adjust their plans in order to invest in the agricultural field in Zimbabwe and I am saying we will offer them land and they can grow crops here both for domestic consumption as well as in the area of citrus fruits for exports.”
The First Lady noted that it was her duty as a citizen to attract investors to the country.
“When I went there, I was just representing Angel of Hope Foundation and they had invited me on the foundation issues,” she said.
“But when I was there it changed to be a big project for Government and as a citizen I have been selling my country to them to come to Zimbabwe and do something with us. That’s what you are seeing.”
“But I must say I am most interested in what they said today that they are also prepared to train our farmers and to take them to China to get more experience there.”
Head of the Chinese delegation, Mr Tang Hai Bo, said there was a potential for improvement in the country’s agricultural sector.
“We have already visited six farms, but I want to say there is a lot of scope for cooperation and there is a lot of potential for us to improve agriculture and also the training of Zimbabwean farmers,” he said.