Government has encouraged farmers to grow pulses which perform well under harsh climatic conditions in order to boost nutrition and food security. Pulses are annual leguminous crops such as beans, cowpeas and lentils among others.
Agriculture Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister Dr Joseph Made made the call at the International Year of Pulses (IYP) official nomination ceremony for special ambassador of Africa in Harare this week.
Masvingo communal farmer Mrs Elizabeth Mpofu was nominated the African special ambassador for the IYP.
The 68th United Nations General Assembly declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses.
In a speech read on his behalf by permanent secretary, Mr Ringson Chitsiko, Dr Made said pulses are a key component of a healthy diet and a good source of vegetable protein.
He said pulses brought numerous advantages to farmers and local communities.