Zimbabwe’s First Lady Joins Former Ladies Of The Night To Harvest
Zimbabwe’s First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa on Wednesday humbled herself and joined former ladies of the night to harvest.
Auxillia Mnangagwa visited Portugal Farm in Seke, Mashonaland East Province. The farm was allocated to former ladies of the night so that they could initiate self-help projects. The project was initiated by Auxillia Mnangagwa’s Angel of Hope Foundation.
Apart from the ex-ladies of the night, the First Lady was also joined by widows and persons living with disabilities to harvest a variety of crops grown at Portugal Farm.
The beneficiaries will retain part of the harvest for consumption and sell the surplus to the Grain Marketing Board. They also intend to use proceeds of the sale towards planned projects that include horticulture.
There are also plans to set up an irrigation system for the horticulture project to succeed.
Zimbabwe’s First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa actively participated in shelling maize, harvesting sweet potatoes and threshing sorghum and millet. The First Lady also launched the Pfumvudza concept by digging holes in preparation for the next farming season and handed over inputs.
Speaking at the occasion, Auxillia Mnangagwa showered the former ladies of the night with praise for taking up farming and leaving the profession that is as old as civilisation. Auxillia Mnangagwa said:
These women are behind the work we have come here for. I am glad they showed interest and zeal to start a new life. I was gratified to see their harvest and I want to thank the Minister of State for the work she did here.
First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa urged the women to continue farming saying:
The ladies we started working with did not run away and even today they are still here. I am happy that the community also helped us even in weeding, we worked together as a family. Let us continue using our hands. Let us also teach our children to work so that they stay away from mischief. We are now all farmers. The harvest we got shows that people worked hard and our extension officers did not forsake us. In the forthcoming season we look forward to greater things that is why we started the Pfumvudza concept. The Ministry of Lands will be pleased by this programme because they were with us from the start alongside my Angel of Hope Foundation.
Besides farming, there are other projects at the farm like piggery after farmers around Seke donated pigs.