Govt revises agro-ecological zones

By ZBC Reporter

Cabinet has adopted the revised Zimbabwe agro-ecological zones based on the observed pattern of rainfall and temperature and their influence on agricultural practice.

This Tuesday’s cabinet meeting saw the adoption of a revised Zimbabwe agro-ecological zones, with the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa clarifying the objectives of the new development.

“The revised zones developed using local capacity, and being testimony of the success of Education 5.0, will revolutionise agricultural planning and practice in Zimbabwe to make it more precise as it will no longer be based on the outdated agro-ecological zones developed between 1945 and 1960.

“In response to the urgent need of aligning agricultural practice with the changing climatic patters, the Government of Zimbabwe through the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development initiated a revision of the country’s agro-ecological zones. Based on the observed pattern of rainfall and temperature and their influence on agricultural practice.

“The revision of the Agro-Ecological Zones had two main objectives: 1) to redefine the Agro-Ecological Zones based on the current climate trend and recommend land-use practices for each zone, and 2) to develop an interactive software (Agro Zim mobile application) that would assist users of the updated Agro-Ecological Zones to get important spatially explicit information required to guide agricultural practice in Zimbabwe.”

It was also announced that Cabinet considered and approved proposals to refocus and revitalise the Communal Areas Management Programme for Indigenous Resources (CAMPFIRE), as well as principles on the Proposed Sport, and Recreation Amendment Bill from the Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation.

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