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Unraveling the Myths: AIDSISA Hosts Agribusiness Breakfast Seminar on the 99-Year Lease Agreement and Agricultural Insurance

The Agricultural Industry Development Support Institute for Southern Africa (AIDSISA) is set to host a groundbreaking Agribusiness Breakfast Seminar at the Harare Exhibition Park on Thursday. The seminar aims to demystify the misconceptions surrounding the 99-year lease agreement extended to new farmers and shed light on the crucial topic of agricultural insurance.

Esteemed figures from the government and private sector will grace the occasion, including Agriculture Minister Anxious Masuka and Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube. The event will be expertly moderated by Willard Zireva, a prominent farmer, and Chairperson of the Old Mutual Life Assurance Company, and former CEO of OK Zimbabwe.

The seminar’s organizer and visionary behind AIDSISA, Jeffery Takawira, who is also the CEO of JT Holdings, emphasized the importance of this event for those engaged in agriculture. He believes it will equip attendees with essential insights into the intricacies of agribusiness.

With an impressive lineup of keynote speakers, including Fanwell Mutogo, CEO of the Bankers Association of Zimbabwe, and the general manager of AFC Insurance Company, the seminar promises to provide invaluable knowledge on various aspects of agribusiness.

Key Topics to be Covered

The Agribusiness Breakfast Seminar will delve into a range of critical topics aimed at empowering farmers and agribusiness stakeholders:

  1. Access to Finance using the 99-Year Lease Agreement: Participants will learn how the 99-year lease agreement can serve as a viable avenue for accessing financial resources to drive agricultural productivity and growth.
  2. Productivity Equals Access to Finance: Myth or Reality?: This topic aims to separate fact from fiction, exploring the link between productivity and financial opportunities in agriculture.
  3. Challenges for the Financial Services Sector with the 99-Year Lease Agreement: The seminar will address potential obstacles faced by the financial services sector in the context of the 99-year lease agreement, fostering a comprehensive understanding of its implications.
  4. Towards Agribusiness Insurance and Risk Management: Experts will highlight the pivotal role of the insurance sector in agribusiness and discuss effective risk management strategies for farmers.

According to Takawira, many farmers entered the agricultural sector through the government’s successful land reform program. However, a significant number remain unaware of the implications of the 99-year lease agreement they have signed. The seminar offers a unique opportunity for attendees to grasp its significance and make informed decisions.

Additionally, the event seeks to emphasize the importance of insuring farming produce or harvests, a critical aspect that is often overlooked. By doing so, farmers can safeguard their livelihoods and investments against unforeseen challenges.

Takawira expressed his enthusiasm regarding the presence of Ministers Masuka and Ncube, stating that their participation would elevate the significance of the seminar and inspire positive change within the agricultural community.

About AIDSISA and JT Holdings Africa

AIDSISA operates as a subsidiary of JT Holdings Africa, a prominent regional organization with a presence in Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia. JT Holdings Africa is involved in diverse business sectors, including agriculture, mining, transport and logistics, energy, and timber processing.

In conclusion, the Agribusiness Breakfast Seminar promises to be a transformative event for farmers and agribusiness enthusiasts alike. By unpacking the complexities of the 99-year lease agreement and highlighting the importance of agricultural insurance, the seminar aims to pave the way for a thriving and resilient agricultural sector. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from distinguished experts and industry leaders, gaining valuable insights that could shape the future of their agricultural endeavors. Don’t miss this chance to revolutionize your approach to agribusiness and secure a prosperous future.

Original Article written by Mthandazo Nyoni for Newsday

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