Story by Bruce Chahwanda, Political Editor
THE Government has accelerated the implementation of sustainable development projects in the agricultural sector while also promoting innovation at tertiary institutions.
The Second Republic is forging ahead with the implementation of national projects that are key towards the transformation of people’s lives across the country.
In a Post Cabinet media briefing in Harare this Tuesday, Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said a massive rollout of centre pivots covering 100 hectares and other dam construction projects is underway in various provinces.
“The electrification and installation of centre pivots covering 100 hectares of the 150 hectares Madhodha irrigation scheme in Mashonaland West province has been completed, and the development of 69 hectares of irrigation at Chitemene Irrigation Scheme in Manicaland province was completed.
“A total of 50 hectares out of the targeted 72 hectares of the Musikavanhu B2 irrigation scheme in Manicaland province were developed and two boreholes sunk, meanwhile the construction of Chivhu Dam in Mashonaland East province is at 98.2% of completion, while the development of 120 hectares of irrigable land is 90% complete, and the construction of the Gwayi-Shangani dam has reached 70.2% of completion,” she said.
Cabinet also deliberated on the road material production plant in the Midlands Province.
“The establishment of the Roads Materials Production Plant in Zvishavane, Midlands Province is at 90% of completion, with the factory shell completed and the production line equipment having already been procured. Production of road materials will lengthen the lifespan of roads and reduce the cost of road construction and maintenance in the country,” said Senator Mutsvangwa,
Construction of 24 community information centres is nearing completion, while a total of 71 health institutions were connected under the e-health programme.
“A total of 100 ICT laboratories have been established at schools across provinces with 517 schools having been connected to the internet under the Schools Internet Connectivity Programme. 250 e-learning platforms were deployed to schools under the e-learning platforms for schools in all provinces,” she said.
Cabinet also discussed housing projects under construction, the official opening of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair, the Transform Africa Summit in Victoria Falls and the establishment of a radar network at the Victoria Falls International Airport and Buffalo Range Airport.