Women who are into garden co-operatives in Zaka in Mutimwi area are in serious need of help in order to sell their vegetable products elsewhere so as to attain better revenues out of these agricultural products.
Some of the women who spoke to Hevoi FM News asked for government and Non-governmental organisations to help them in identifying places where their agricultural commodities can be bought with others also asking for government to intervene in providing them transport to ferry their produce to places where they are likely to make it.
“We are pleading with the government to avail us transport to ferry our agricultural products to market places that are as far as Mbare.” Said Elizabeth Gavave.
“Look, the rains have betrayed us. The scorching heat has destroyed our maize crops. Our hope is now vested in the garden co-operatives produce. Unfortunately, we rarely get market to realise our dreams.” Said Chipo Maveza who happens to be one of the garden co-opearatives members in the area.
Zaka Mutimwi area ward 4 councilor Moleen Chikwenhere reiterated that this was one of the major challenges that garden cooperatives members were facing in the area.
“We have a countless number of farmers here but selling to nobody. We have made several efforts to press for socio-economic support but to no avail. It is still our hope that one day we shall be heard.” Said Chikwenhere.
Research has revealed that most agricultural co-operatives in the country fail to make it to the top due to incompetent management, organizational deficiencies as well lack of capital and market among other reasons.