Brian Rungano Temba
Despite the country’s economic adversities, the Second Republic has delivered 7000 high-impact projects since 2018, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said.
Speaking during the Independence Day celebrations in Mt Darwin on Tuesday, the President said his administration’s achievements were irreversible.
“To date, my Administration has implemented about 7 000 high-impact, life-changing projects since 2018, as a bedrock to lift our people out of poverty into prosperity.
“It is encouraging that inflationary pressures continue to ease due to a combination of fiscal consolidation and tight monetary policy measures,” he said.
He said the expansion, productivity and profitability of entities across all sectors of the economy have seen the country recording the highest GDP growth in our region.
“Meanwhile, foreign currency earnings in 2022 were record-breaking”
The achievements, he said, are a testimony of how the country is utilizing internal resources to modernise and industrialise Zimbabwe.
Midway through his speech, the Head of State said the agricultural sector was ‘Going for Growth’, anchored on a number of policies such as Pfumvudza/Intwasa Programme, Presidential Teak Grease Programme, Agriculture Mechanisation Programme and the construction of dams across all provinces are set to ensure aspects related to hydropower, fisheries, irrigation development and potable water benefit our communities.
“Under the Pfumvudza/Intwasa Programme, our people are being supported to grow traditional grains and cereals. This 2022/2023 season, our country is projecting over 3.2 million metric tonnes of cereals against an annual requirement of 2.2 million metric tonnes.
The Presidential Teak Grease Programme saw over one million households supported with teak grease to mitigate the January disease, while efforts are ongoing to improve cattle breeds in communal areas.
“Under my government’s Agriculture Mechanisation Programme, farmers have increased access to mechanisation capacities.
“As a result of public-private partnerships, a total of 1 641 tractors and combine harvesters were distributed by December 2022, while 4 400 additional tractors are being imported towards closing the farm mechanisation gap.
President Mnangagwa urged citizens to find the means to build Zimbabwe they desire.
“The theme for this year’s celebrations, ‘Zim at 43: Nyika Inovakwa Nevene Vayo/Ilizwe Lakhiwa Ngabanikazi Balo/ Brick upon Brick”, is a clarion reminder to us all of the weighty responsibility we have to develop our motherland.
“None but ourselves have this onerous obligation,” said President Mnangagwa.