Day: September 9, 2018

Disabled persons share experiences

Persons with disabilities and albinism on Friday held a quarterly public forum on disability at UNICEF offices in Harare where they exchanged ideas on ways to better their lives. Speaking to ZBC News on the sidelines of the forum, event organiser and founder of Signs of Hope Trust, an organisation that lobbies for the rights and welfare of persons with disability and albinism, Samantha Sibanda said the event was an opportunity for them to exchange ideas and educate each other on ways to better their social welfare. “Today, we are sharing with the disabled community on necessary information and offer assistance to some of the difficulties they face everyday such as on where to find wheelchairs and sunscreen lotions, among others. Access to such useful information has been made easy and it is our hope that this will go a long way in enhancing their lives,” said Sibanda. Guest of honour at the event, Senator Rejoice Timire, who is the disability representative, weighed in saying it is important that the constituency maintains continued dialogue to share experiences and device solutions on their challenges. “As disabled people this platform gives us space to discuss issues that affect our lives and we also get to know what our members are suffering from,” said beneficiary of the programme. The event was attended by various civic society organisations and influential individuals including former disability,...

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Beitbridge farmers adopt integrated system

A successful Beitbridge farming couple, Mr Erasmus Marema and Ms Saliwe Tlou, has adopted an integrated farming system at his Zhovhe farm to boost crop, livestock, poultry and fish production as well processing activities. The farm that is situated close to Zhovhe dam and the couple has taken advantage of the massive water body to maximise agriculture production on their 2000 hectare piece of land. The enterprising farmers have also invested in fish farming with the Aqua Culture and Fisheries Department Manager, Mr Knowledge Nzunza revealing that while they are currently producing about a tonne of fish every week plans are in place to go bigger. “Our main target is to produce up to 1000 tonnes of fish. Right now, we are doing a tonne every week which is supplied to our main butcheries in Gwanda and Beitbridge. But we are in talks with government to go full throttle,” he said. In terms of crop production, 150 hectares are currently under the winter wheat crop. Part of the farm has also been dedicated towards growing sugar beans, watermelons and various vegetables.  The self financing farmers have also invested in state of the art machinery for the processing of mealie meal and flour, thus benefiting local communities. “Last summer season, we produced 270 tonnes of maize, which we are processing to mealie meal and selling to the local communities at...

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