VICE President Kembo Mohadi has applauded the Zimbabwe Agriculture Society (ZAS) for its efforts to improve the national herd through the Livestock Revitalisation Programme.
In a speech read on his behalf at the mining and agriculture interface discussion by Petros Ndlovu a principal director in his office Mohadi said ZAS’s initiative dovetailed with the government’s Special Livestock, Fisheries and Wildlife programme.
Under the programme ZAS has collected 10 000 straws before the Foot and Mouth outbreak affected its operations.
“Government is encouraged by the commitment of the Zimbabwe Agriculture Society to improving the national herd through its livestock Revitalisation Programme which dovetails well with government Special Livestock Fisheries and Wildlife programme.
It is positive to note that ZAS has partnered Minex along with several mining companies in this programme termed “Shared Value:Improving and Sustaining Livelihoods.
I am told that mining companies and financial institutions such as Mimosa mining company, Zimplats, ZCDC, Unki mine, ASA Resource, Cell Insurance and Homelink have partnered ZAS and provided critical resources to fund the artificial insemination programme as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility. Through these companies all our 8 agricultural provinces of Matebeleland North, South, Mashonaland West, Central, East, Manicaland, Masvingo and Midlands have each been adopted for implementation”
Mohadi said the partnership between ZAS and the mining companies under the Minnex banner was a reflection both sectors had to converge to enhance value chains.
“While mining and agriculture can compete for key inputs such as land water, the two sectors also rely on each other to prosper. To maximise the positive and mitigate negative consequences, agriculture and mining must work together to create sustainable pro-poor development. As government we realise that this requires clear policy frameworks and coherent industry strategies. This we are clearly committed to as a second Republic.
“For large scale miners they must demonstrate their commitment to work with other players by investing in social infrastructure projects and transferring required skills. For small scale miners, agriculture need not be alien concept but part and parcel of their day to day work. After all the same land they work on can be used for rearing animals and growing various crops”.
He said government was happy the sectors are discussing and providing solutions on how land can be productively used and once recommendations are received the appropriate departments and agencies will implement them.