Buffalo Range Airport expansion, farmers to be relocated
Government has resolved to resettle all farmers currently living “on the critical zones” of the Buffalo Range Airport in Chiredzi District, Masvingo Province. This was announced at a post Cabinet media briefing held in Harare on Tuesday
Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Honourable Felix Mhona explained that for the purposes of expanding Buffalo Range Airport in Masvingo Province all the farmers settled on the critical zones of the airport should be moved.
“For the purposes of expanding Buffalo Range Airport in Masvingo Province, Cabinet resolved that all the farmers settled on the critical zones of the airport should be relocated. The relocation will also enhance aviation security standards.”
“Cabinet noted that the continued farming operations in the airport’s critical zones have resulted in a sharp increase in human, domestic and wild animal incursions on the airfield. The cropping activities have attracted bird activity to the aerodrome environs, whilst the rampant cutting down of trees, veldt fires and quarry mining activities on the western side of the airport has led to serious land degradation,” said Mhona.
The Second Republic continues to walk the talk on infrastructural development in all parts of the country to achieve inclusive growth in line with Vision 2030. The US$2,5 million upgrade of Buffalo Range Airport in Chiredzi is now at an advanced stage.
Buffalo Range is being rehabilitated and upgraded to enable the runaway to accommodate bigger aircraft as the nation anticipates recovery of the tourism industry as Covid-19 retreats globally.
The airport is the gateway to the Lowveld which is home to the wildlife-rich Gonarezhou National Park which is part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park.(GLTP).