MVUMA: Rural women who mostly rely on farming and poultry have expressed distress over the lack of ready markets to sell their produce.
This was revealed at an International day for rural women commemoration held by the Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe (WCOZ) Gweru Chapter at Mvuma Salvation Army Church.
The commemorations ran under the theme “Promoting women-centred sustainable food systems and rural development,” mainly focusing on empowering women economically through supporting their vocational skills.
WCOZ focal person for Mvuma, Sitshengisiwe Kalenge said the lack of markets affects the pricing of goods.
“Markets are a huge problem for rural women despite working hard they end up selling their produce at very low prices,” said Kalenge.
A local woman, Victoria Koke who was part of the commemorations said fast foods like Chicken Inn and Chicken Slice should also order chickens from the poultry farmers in the community.
“In Mvuma we have fast food outlets, our wish is also to supply these outlets with our chickens. However, due to the lack of markets we end up selling USD 4 per bird,” she said.
One of the invited stakeholders, Reverend Detective Kamanga applauded WCOZ for supporting women’s initiatives in Mvuma.
“I would like to thank WCOZ for empowering women with skills. I’m very happy to see women being productive and supporting each other,” he said.
On the sidelines, Mvuma women are appealing for their own land from the local authority so that they can start their projects.