The business community in Masvingo province has been called upon to partner the government in coming up with projects that will ensure community development and self-sustenance.

This comes at a time the government moves towards implementing devolution of power that seeks to achieve balanced development spearheaded by provincial councils.

The Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs, Josiah Hungwe said it is time for the local industry to partner the government in a win-win business relationship that benefits the community.

Minister Hungwe said this at the handover ceremony of 933 metric tonnes of winter maize by Tongaat Hulett Zimbabwe to Masvingo Development Trust under the two’s joint venture in command agriculture.

“With Masvingo’s biggest asset being its skilful, hardworking, visionary and peaceful human resource, I implore the industry to develop a win-win business relationship in which our local people benefit,” he said.

Tongaat Hulett Managing Director, Mr Sydney Mutsambiwa said as part of their corporate social responsibility, they will continue to partner the government under such programmes to ensure food security in the country.

“We take this partnership very serious and we are happy to continue contributing to the country’s food security bid,” he said.

Proceeds from the initiative are going to be used to purchase a drilling rig that they support irrigation projects in the province.

“This is the time to show that we can self sustain. The money benefited through this project is going towards purchasing a drilling rig for the province,” Masvingo Development Trust Chairperson, Mr Lovemore Matuke said.

The production of winter maize under Masvingo Development Trust was initiated as a direct response to the food insecurity situation that perennially affects the province.