Govt adopts Smart Agriculture and Health programmes

By Bruce Chahwanda

THE Government has adopted Smart Agriculture and Smart Health programmes which dovetail with the country’s vision 2030 goal of a digital economy.

In line with the attainment of the vision 2030 goal of a digital economy, Cabinet has adopted the Smart Agriculture and Smart Health programmes.

The smart agriculture programme is meant to increase yields and agro value chain efficiencies.

“Key components of the Agriculture Information Management System include the following: assessment of crop treats, land information Management system, water information system, inputs supply livestock of farm, post harvests,” she said.

On Smart Health, the government has embarked on a pilot project which is being implemented in partnership with the international telecommunications union.

“A total of 15 health centres were equipped with state of the art Transportable examination stations comprising high-resolution autofocus, examination cameras, stethoscope total vital signs test device, a laptop, ultrasound scan devices, electrocardiography services and blood pressure cuffs. All 15 centres are linked to Parirenyatwa referral Hospital, allowing sharing of patient data and consultation with 9ther referral hospitals,” she said.

Cabinet also noted that Zimbabwe was nominated as incoming chair of the African Diamond Producers Association for 2022 while it will also assume the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme – KPCS chairmanship in 2023.

“Zimbabwe will immediately start preparations to take over the Chair and run the secretariat in 2023. Preparations will also commence for the hosting of the two annual meetings in 2023, namely: intercessional and plenary. Zimbabwe was nominated as incoming chair of the African Diamond Producers Association for 2022. These are endorsements of Zimbabwe’s engagement and re-engagement drive with all nations of the world,” she said.

The government says collaboration between the education and health sectors resulted in safe and successful schools examination processes.

“The nation is also advised that 2021 is the first year that the Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council is incorporating Continuous Assessment of Learning Area (CALA) marks into the final result for the Grade 7 O and A levels examinations, “she said.

Cabinet also noted milestones on the international convention on civil and political rights.

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