President Mnangagwa appointed Dr John Basera, a renowned agronomist in the private sector as the new Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement a fortnight ago.
The announcement was made by the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda.
Dr Basera replaces long-serving senior civil servant, Mr Ringson Chitsiko on January 1 next year.
Dr Basera has a degree in agronomy, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and PhD in agribusiness.
He has extensive experience in agriculture with a focus on agronomy, agricultural research extension services, agricultural value chain management, agricultural strategy, finance and marketing in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi and Namibia.
“Dr Basera joins the ministry at a time when Government is focusing on revitalising agriculture as a critical component of national efforts to realise Vision 2030.
“Dr Basera has worked in the private sector including Seed Co and is currently the technical director in charge of the agriculture portfolio at CBZ. The appointment of Dr Basera is with effect from January 1, 2020,” said Dr Sibanda.