Presidential Rural Development Programme rolled out in Mashonaland Central

By Tapiwa Machemedze

The Presidential Rural Development Programme targeting the sinking of 35 000 boreholes nationwide has ushered in transformation, with Kaguda Village in Chiweshe becoming the first beneficiary of the scheme in Mashonaland Central province.

Drilling of a borehole at Kaguda Village in Chiweshe on Thursday signalled the launch of the programme, with beneficiaries of the initiative expressing willingness to exploit the resource for life-changing projects.

“Our boreholes were very few, so people relied on wells. So, this borehole is a solution to our challenges. This borehole will help me and the youth to undertake empowerment projects,” said a beneficiary, Swinfan Mufandaedza.

Another beneficiary, Pamela Gwaze said, “As women, we are happy because we have been empowered to do projects. Personally, I am ready to work in the face of this borehole and I urge other people to embrace this move.”

Mashonaland Central Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Senator Monica Mavhunga noted that the programme will improve food security and consolidate the provincial bread-basket.

“The successful implementation of the Presidential Rural Development Programme will reinforce the provinces position as a force to reckon with in agricultural productivity,” she said.

Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development Minister, Dr Anxious Masuka said the presidential rural development programme complements efforts by the Second Republic to modernise the economy.

The President’s vision is that the area where you are should be developed. It doesn’t mean you have to go to Glendale, to Harare or Nzvimbo growth point, but here at your doorstep is where development will come.”

Under the programme, each village countrywide will have a borehole translating to 35 000 boreholes and this will be complemented by a locally run market garden.

Government agencies comprising Agritex, Agricultural and Rural Development Authority, Agriculture Finance Corporation and Agricultural Marketing Authority will collaborate with farmers in the production and marketing of produce.