The government has been called upon to effectively capacitate gold miners through incentives that seek to increase production and rebuild gold reserves for the nation.

A nation’s strength is measured by its gold reserves and news that the gold mining sector has surpassed its 2018 target and set a new record casts positivity on Zimbabwe rebuilding its economic strength.

Zimbabwe Miners Federation 2nd Vice President, Engineer Tapfumaneyi Murove said the sector is now confident of achieving the Vision 2030 target of 100 tonnes of gold per year, hence the need for due attention to challenges afflicting it.

“We shall do all what we can to ensure increased productivity and sustain the needs of the miners,” he said.

Zimbabwe Artisanal and Small Scale for Sustainable Mining Council CEO, Mr Rickson Sibanda said a review of foreign currency retention for gold producers is needed so that it ignites confidence.

“We just need a real and viable mechanism to boost viability in the short to long run,” he added.

A gold miner, Mrs Chipo Chin’ozho weighed in saying the fact that gold foreign exchange earnings are sustaining imports should enable authorities to continue supporting the industry.

The government has established gold processing plants across the country to curb leakages of the precious mineral.