AGRICULTURAL EXPENDITURE AND ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE IN ZIMBABWE (1980-2005)

Talknice Saungweme, Mufaro Matandare
unpublished
This paper seeks to test the general notion that agriculture is the backbone of the Zimbabwean economy. In this respect, the study will look at the effects of central government's expenditure towards the agricultural sector and the subsequent effect of this on economic activities. Zimbabwe, like many other world countries, has supported the agricultural sector given its positive forward and backward linkages with other economic sectors. When Zimbabwe got its independence in 1980, it inherited a
more » ... 980, it inherited a heavily government backed agricultural sector from the Smith Administration. The results of this study indicate that increased agriculture expenditure before 2000 has boosted production in the sector and strengthened forward and backward economic linkages. However, the land reform programme of 2000 and subsequent reduction in sound government support to the sector contributed immensely to the economic crises in Zimbabwe. This paper recommends effective government support to the agricultural sector through credible productive policies and financial & non-financial resources.
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