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In Maize Planting Season, USAID Offers US$14 Million in Grants to Zimbabwean Farmers

USAID Harare Mission Director Karen Freeman said the grant reflects the U.S. commitment to helping rebuild Zimbabwe's struggling agricultural sector following a decade of land reform and a severe economic downturn

The United States Agency for International Development has made US$14 million in grants available to Zimbabwean farmers to help them obtain the inputs they need as well as extension services and training.

The USAID grant targets some 52,000 farmers in Zimbabwe and will be distributed through seven non-governmental organizations.

USAID Mission Director Karen Freeman told VOA Studio 7 reporter Patience Rusere that the grant reflects the U.S. commitment to helping rebuild the country's struggling agricultural sector.

The planting season for Zimbabwe's staple maize crop is well advanced, but many small farmers are still putting in crops and applying fertilizer, which has often been in short supply or out of reach for cash-strapped growers.