By Moses Charedzera
Preparations for the second edition of the Zimbabwe Agricultural Media Awards (ZAMA) to be held on Friday 28 August are now at an advanced stage with the adjudication process having been completed.
The awards, which are organised by the Zimbabwe Agricultural Society, were first held on the 28th of June 2019. They honour journalists who excel in reporting in the agriculture value chain while capacitating media practitioners to sharpen and enhance their reporting skills.
ZAS Head Programmes and Public Affairs Roberta Katunga said preparation have gone on well and they are now waiting for the big event.
“Everything is now in place and we are urging prospective partners who haven’t firmed up to come on board. Let me reiterate that due to covid-19 the awards will be virtual. In embracing the new normal under covid-19, there are positives like the streaming of the awards to thousands of people. The physical event had been limited to attendees only but I am glad to say this year sponsors will gain more brand visibility while consolidating their brand position through the streaming of the awards to thousands of people online,” she said.
There are two new categories this year which are the Horticulture Best Reporter Award and Sugarcane Best Reporter Award, which bring the number of award categories to 15 including the Overall Agriculture Sector Best Reporter Award.
The Livestock Best Reporter Award has been debunched into the Beef Best Reporter Award and Dairy Best Reporter Award as these have been recognised as two separate sub sectors that play a significant role in agriculture.
The full list of awards is:
- Tobacco Sector Best Reporter Award
- Cotton Sector Best Reporter Award
- Wheat and Cereals Sector Best Reporter Award
- Sugarcane Sector Best reporter award
- Oilseeds Sector Best Reporter Award
- Small Grains Sector Best Reporter Award
- Dairy Sector Best Reporter Award
- Beef Sector Best Reporter Award
- Small Ruminants Sector Best Reporter Award
- Poultry Sector Best Reporter Award
- Agriculture Finance and Development Best Reporter Award
- Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change Best Reporter Award
- Agricultural Equipment, Mechanisation, Irrigation, Storage and Innovation Best Reporter Award
- Horticulture Best Reporter Award
- Overall Agricultural Sector Best Reporter Award
At the inaugural edition of ZAMA last year, Alpha Media Holdings reporter Mthandazo Nyoni won the Overall Agriculture Sector Best Reporter Award and three other sectoral awards at a glittering ceremony held in the capital.
Great Dyke News24 and YAFM you tube will, among other online streams beam the awards to thousands of stakeholders and viewers across the country.