Artisanal miners have been urged to diversify and incorporate farming so as to fund their mining operations.
The call was made by a Shurugwi based artisanal miner who has been funding mining operations from diversified farming activities for years.
It is a case of a businessman who has dealt with being a farmer and miner, and in the process contributing to food security while also evading being a cry baby in mining.
With an average production of 400 grams of gold per month and 82 employees, Tossup 11 Gold Mine Director, Mr Bensen Ngirazi said diversified farming has seen him guarding against unpredictable mining risks for close to 12 years.
“We are doing mining and diversified farming and we believe other miners can follow suit and avoid loans. When things go wrong in mining, we use funds from our farming to resume operations,” he said.
Many small scale miners are finding themselves losing valuable equipment through attachments and in some instances paying for hired mining equipment.
Successful mining hinges on proper planning and diversified farming is viewed as one way out to counter mining related risks.
Mining and agriculture are kingpins of the economy as they rack millions of dollars in foreign currency each year.