Presidential Rural Development Scheme launched

Precious Nyakudya |  1 year ago | top

President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Wednesday launched the Presidential Rural Development Scheme in Jinjika village in Mangwe District Matabeleland South. 

Speaking at the launch, President Mnangagwa said the program is the Second Republic's commitment to inclusive development and uplifting the lives and livelihoods of people who live in rural areas

Under the program, Government will drill a borehole in each of the country's 35 000 villages. Each village will also have a nutrition garden, while a wide range of fruit trees and sweet potatoes will be distributed to households.

Meanwhile, Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development Deputy Minister Vangelis Haritatos says Government is committed to promoting young farmers through training and access to financing.

Speaking during a virtual seminar organised by Government and the United Nations where young farmers were sharing experiences on successful farming, deputy Minister Haritatos said provincial desks have been set up to help youths access training.

Addressing the same platform, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) deputy coordinator for Southern Africa Louis Murigirwa said the global body is helping rural young farmers to create employment while looking after the environment.