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Value Addition and Agro - Processing Zone Policy

Developing from these Principles VACID Africa - Zimbabwe, has managed to develop Value Addition and Agro - Processing Zone Policy to provide a framework for its operations for integration with all strategic partners.

This policy encompasses two major development vehicles Value Addition and Agro - Processing Zone.

Value Addition Policy recognizes that there are no sound policies that approach value addition in communities. This policy takes into account that communities must be developed by optimum utilization of available resources by processing such resources into marketable products during harvesting and post harvesting. This policy understands that communities have lost resources due to lack of defined agro processing of resources into marketable products. Value Addition Policy understands that effective channel to develop communities is not to introduce new ideas but to ensure that value is added to available resources.

Value Addition Policy explains that it is not the mandate of the producer of the raw material to process the marketable product but the producer must produce value added raw materials so as a to satisfy the value chain, we encourage the value addition chain to establish well defined contracts with producers of raw materials.

Agro - Processing Zone Policy caters for infrastructure developments and resources identification and allocation. The policy is geared to establish research centres in all provinces so as to meet defined demands. The zoning will help us in resource mobilization and assessing training requirements.

Principles of Value Addition and Agro - Processing Zone Policy

The basic principle for formulation of this policy is to bridge the gap between available resources and optimum utilization through value addition. Zimbabwe and Africa as whole have resources that are not fully utilized hence we lose income to develop our communities.

The imbalance has resulted in poor development of communities:

v Gender equality is affected

v Employment creation

v Poor rural infrastructure.

v The less privileged communities (rural areas) have a considerable percentage of +65% and within this percentage the greater part is constituted by women.

v Estimates prove that a family have distribution of resources up to 2 -3 years supply in a particular season, but these resources are not fully capitalized to benefit the communities.

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