Man­i­ca­land to ramp up ex­ports

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Rumbidzayi Zinyuke Man­i­ca­land Bureau

MAN­I­CA­LAND is mak­ing con­certed ef­forts to in­crease the num­ber of prod­ucts cur­rently be­ing ex­ported, as the province gears up for de­vel­op­ment in line with the con­sti­tu­tional pro­vi­sion for de­vo­lu­tion.

In an in­ter­view, provin­cial ad­min­is­tra­tor Mr Edgar Seenza said the Man­i­ca­land Provin­cial De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee was de­vel­op­ing a work plan that would out­line ways to grow ex­ports and en­hance de­vel­op­ment.

“As a province, we have sev­eral prod­ucts that are al­ready be­ing ex­ported and we would like to see those ex­ports grow so that the province can achieve eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment,” he said. “We have tea from the Eastern High­lands, for in­stance.

“We want to en­sure that tea ex­ports grow sig­nif­i­cantly in fu­ture. This is why we are work­ing on es­tab­lish­ing a func­tional border post at Katiyo so that tea from the es­tates is trans­ported to the port of Beira us­ing that route.”

Mr Seenza said the province was also ex­port­ing macadamia nuts, which were be­ing pro­duced in Chipinge and sur­round­ing ar­eas.

“In the past, we have not been ben­e­fit­ing much from our min­er­als, but go­ing for­ward, we want to en­sure that our min­er­als are ex­ported and we re­ceive full ben­e­fits from that,” he said. “In that re­gard, we want to en­sure that our small-scale min­ers ben­e­fit from loan fa­cil­i­ties from the RBZ to buy equip­ment.”

Other ex­port prod­ucts from Man­i­ca­land in­clude tim­ber, hor­ti­cul­ture pro­duce, as well as cof­fee.

Mr Seenza said the provin­cial de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee would meet this month to come up with ways to en­hance de­vel­op­ment in line with the con­cept of de­vo­lu­tion.

De­vo­lu­tion is in line with Sec­tion (2) of the coun­try’s Con­sti­tu­tion un­der which cen­tral Gov­ern­ment should cede more pow­ers to provin­cial coun­cils to de­ter­mine their de­vel­op­ment pri­or­i­ties.

In July, Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa told peo­ple gath­ered at a Zanu-PF star rally in Mutare that all prov­inces should be ready to em­bark on de­vel­op­men­tal projects as part of Gov­ern­ment ef­forts to de­volve power to provin­cial lev­els.

“On de­vo­lu­tion we are say­ing we want each province to iden­tify its strengths and see what it can lever­age on them for de­vel­op­ment,” he said. “We are de­cen­tral­is­ing pow­ers from Harare so that prov­inces them­selves can as­sess their progress, and say what they can do about their agri­cul­ture, what they shall do about their min­ing and tourism.”

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