By ZBC Reporter
THE Government has urged players in the tobacco growing sector to continue practising sustainable agricultural practices including zero tolerance for child labour.
Hurungwe District in Mashonaland West Province is the hub of tobacco farming in Zimbabwe hence the issue of child exploitation in the labour-intensive sector took centre stage at the first-ever career guidance and counselling day in the district spearheaded by the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare.
“The future of Zimbabwe is the children so we have come to give guidance to the children because our country is full of talent, this is a tobacco farming region which gives us foreign currency, but we have realised that there are detractors who are spreading wrong information that there is child labour in tobacco farming, which means our tobacco will lose market. So, we want to teach parents that children should not be used on farms. The sector is sensitive and the government is working on guidelines,” said Langton Ngorima, the Director Administration in the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare.
Hurungwe West legislator, Honourable Mary Mliswa took the opportunity to urge learners to concentrate on their studies and shun drugs.
“You should concentrate on your school work and shun early marriages and drug abuse. There are a lot of career opportunities being offered by the Second Republic,” she said.
Learners were equally enthusiastic about setting goals and taking advantage of the various career opportunities being offered by the Second Republic.
Earlier, Minister Mliswa led a tour of various stakeholders who offered free career guidance and counselling services to learners.