The lives of people of Ingwizi in Mangwe are set to improve after the government initiated a number of empowerment projects that seek to promote sustainable utilisation of natural resources in the district.
While unveiling some of the projects, the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate, Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri said the availing of fruit trees and woodlots to promote agro-forestry, the seeding of 20 000 fingerlings in Ingwizi dam and supporting New Generation Gold Mining Co-operative with mining equipment, are efforts by government to sustain livelihoods and ensure food security for the local communities.
“Projects like these clearly demonstrate the linkages and efforts to address the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 1,2,6 and 13 on poverty eradication, ensuring food security and sustainable agriculture, ensuring water security, and fighting climate change respectively,” she said.
Bulilima Mangwe Senator and Minister of Energy and Power Development, Cde Simon Khaya Moyo said the projects are a demonstration of the government’s commitment to uplift the lives of rural communities.
“We are really grateful to the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate for all these projects which shall surely uplift the standards of living here,” he said.
The Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) drilled and equipped a borehole for irrigating the fruit tree and gum tree nursery at Bulu secondary school and will also sink boreholes for chiefs in the area.
The government also pledged to install piped water schemes to address the perennial water challenges facing the people of Mangwe.