By ZBC Reporter
Private companies in the mining and agricultural sectors have been commended for harnessing synergies to help Zimbabwe achieve its economic development agenda.
Several mining companies have undertaken significant investments in the agriculture sector in a rare move that has recorded positive results in various sub-sectors across the country.
A breakfast meeting at the Zimbabwe Agricultural Show aimed at harnessing synergies between the two sectors saw the government commending mining companies for supporting the agricultural sector towards achieving an US$8 Billion agrarian economy by 2025.
“The support by mining companies dovetails into the Livestock Growth Plan which is part of the Agriculture and Food systems transformation strategy,” said Clemence Bwenje, Chief Director Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement.
The Chamber of Mines represented by David Matyanga outlined various successful projects that have been implemented by local mining companies, amid revelations that more companies have rendered support to agriculture.
“Some examples of miners as farmer models include the Bindura Estates initiated in 2012, the Mimosa runs Livestock resuscitation program in Zvishavane are some of the key projects which have been witnessed over the years,” he said.
Mining contributes over 12 percent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product and 60 percent of total exports, while agriculture, directly and indirectly, supports over 67percent of the national population.
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