The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) has relaxed the processes for acquiring an environmental impact assessment (EIA) report for small scale miners, cushioning the sector against prohibitive costs that had led to non-compliance.

In essence, what EMA has done is to remove the intermediary work of consultants who were involved in crafting comprehensive reports for the small scale miners at an inhibitive cost of $5000.

Under the new system, miners are expected to save at least $4000 as it involves a simple checklist understandable for a layman.

The Zimbabwe Miners Federation has long engaged EMA on the EIA reporting process, citing it hindered the operational viability of the small scale miners as many were failing to comply.

Relaxation of this process is expected to have a direct bearing on the productive yield for the industry.

Sitting at an impressive production capacity of 65 percent, translating to 6000 tonnes of gold, according to latest figures from the sector, the industry continues to firm as an important cornerstone for the mining industry.