Land, minerals to drive economy: Govt

By Mthokozisi Dube

The government says land and mineral resources should drive the country to the envisaged upper-middle-income economy by 2030.

Agriculture and mining have been identified as key drivers for the country’s economy.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Zunde raMambo launch in Zvishavane, the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement, Dr Anxious Masuka said land and minerals should benefit the country, hence the need to end disputes between farmers and miners.

“The relationship between mining and agriculture should be very cordial. We have received several farmer miner conflict cases but we are working on ending them. Land and minerals should benefit the country. We are working closely with the Ministry of Mines. Agriculture and mining should co-exist. Land and minerals should be exploited for the benefit of Zimbabwe.”

Minister Masuka added that government has been importing grain, with the Pfumbvudza and the presidential inputs scheme expected to address food shortages induced by climate change.

Traditional leaders and agriculture experts have lauded the government for retracing the role of Chiefs in food security.

“The Pfumbvudza concept is a good programme because it is coming at the right time when farmers are facing unpredicted rainfall patterns. The farmer should be able to harness water properly,” said Craig Irvines an agronomist.

Meanwhile, the government is set to drill more boreholes in each ward countrywide as part of efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change by promoting irrigation farming.

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