By Gay Matambo
Government is working on several developmental programmes in Chiredzi district, including establishment of a 3 000-hectare community irrigation scheme and construction of Chilonga Bridge.
A delegation from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development led by Deputy Minister Honourable Clemence Chiduwa took the National Development Strategy One (NDS1) awareness campaign to Chiredzi district this Wednesday where they unpacked the economic blueprint which is anchored on key economic sectors such as agriculture, tourism, mining and manufacturing.
With agriculture being one of the key enablers, Honourable Chiduwa noted that Chiredzi district has the ability to create value chains around agriculture produce through water bodies that include Tugwi Mukosi.
“Here in Chiredzi, there is sugarcane and it is also a place rich in citrus trees and cattle. All these endowments can be used and be value added through the NDS1 pillar of moving up the value chain system and transformation. We are also looking at infrastructure development issues where we are building roads, where we want to deliver a road system which will enhance production,” noted Hon. Chiduwa.
Key stakeholders who attended the meeting are upbeat that the NDS1 is a game-changer set to produce unprecedented results in this country’s development matrix.
Said Honourable Musikavanhu: “They are delivering on the mantra by His Excellency that no one and no place should be left behind. When they come here to the ground and articulate the issues like what Minister Chiduwa did, it becomes tangible.”
Cde Siyaki also said: “This programme is crucial to the party because the government comes from the party and when government is delivering the developmental projects people should be made aware.”
Mr Kurauone noted: “We are taking this as a Vision 2030 accelerator where we are going to achieve our objectives and we have had some problems as SMEs and we had a platform to actually air our views and problems.”
Such awareness meetings and the translation of the NDS1 into 14 local languages, including Tshangani and Venda, are strides expected to initiate greater participation in economic matters by all sections of society.
Noted Chief Tshovani: “This is a good programme, which is going to educate us on the economic blueprint.”
“We wish that these campaigns could be taken to the villages so that everyone is on the same page,” said Chief Neromwe.
Similar meetings are set to be held across the country, with the next stop being Zaka district in Masvingo Province this Friday.