Shun de­pen­dency syn­drome, Zaka vil­lagers urged

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Masvingo & South-West News - Syd­ney Mubaiwa in ZAKA

VIL­LAGERS in the arid Zaka district have been chal­lenged to shun the de­pen­dency syn­drome and in­stead start their own in­come-gen­er­at­ing projects an­chored on Gov­ern­ment’s eco­nomic blueprint, Zim-As­set.

Masvingo’s Min­is­ter of State for Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs Dr Paul Chimedza said there was need for ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties in arid ar­eas such as Zaka to fully use ex­ist­ing wa­ter bod­ies and boost food pro­duc­tion.

Ad­dress­ing ZANU-PF mem­bers dur­ing a party in­ter-district meet­ing last week­end, Dr Chimedza said Gov­ern­ment was pre­pared to re­lease up to $10 000 seed money to com­mu­ni­ties will­ing to ven­ture into in­come-gen­er­at­ing projects.

He said Gov­ern­ment had rolled out sev­eral pro­grammes such as Com­mand Agri­cul­ture and Com­mand Fish­eries that seek to make sure Zim­bab­weans achieve food self-suf­fi­ciency.

“One of my tar­gets as Min­is­ter of State is to en­sure that there is devel­op­ment in all districts across Masvingo prov­ince. Most ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties find it dif­fi­cult to put food on the ta­ble in times of drought, as they do not have other means of get­ting in­come. As such, the Gov­ern­ment is set to fund ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties so that we shy away from a donor syn­drome,” Dr Chimedza said.

Gov­ern­ment, he said, was pre­pared to es­tab­lish a re­volv­ing fund that would be tapped by ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties to start in­come-gen­er­at­ing projects.

“I en­cour­age you to form co­op­er­a­tives and get reg­is­tered so that we pro­vide you with $10 000 seed money that will help you to start in­come-gen­er­at­ing projects. Gov­ern­ment, through Zim-As­set, wants to up­lift the liveli­hoods of the cit­i­zens of this coun­try.’’ Dr Chimedza em­pha­sised the need to fully ex­ploit ex­ist­ing wa­ter bod­ies to pro­duce food un­der ir­ri­ga­tion.

Gov­ern­ment has since stated its in­ten­tion to pro­vide more re­sources for the con­struc­tion of big and small dams, whose wa­ter will be har­nessed for ir­ri­ga­tion.

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