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Government Promises Mines Bill Finalization

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The government is working towards the finalization of the Mines and Minerals Bill that is expected to resolve the conflictual relationship between farmers and miners.

Speaking at the Mining and Agriculture Breakfast Interface held today at the showgrounds in Harare, the Deputy Minister of Mines and Mining Development Dr Polite Kambamura, who was the guest of honour said it is critical to ensure the promotion of linkages and co-existance between mining and agriculture .

“Mining and Agriculture are the main drivers of our economy. In that regard, the Mines and Minerals Act which is expected to be finalized soon, seeks to address the farmer-miner relations,” he said.

Dr Kambamura said mining also contributes to agriculture by producing inputs needed by farmers.

“On the other hand, it is of importance to note that the country produces various minerals which are critical in the agricultural sector such as phosphates used to manufacture fertilizers, lime and vermiculite. We have to harness all these natural resources for the betterment of our people,” said Dr Kambamura.

Dr Kambamura said he is optimistic about the mining growth adding that the mining sector is bullish and poised to reach the targetted US12 revenue by next year.

“The mining sector has set its target to reach a US$12 billion mining industry by the year 2030. The mining sector is booming with a lot of investments and developments happening in the sector.

“We are very confident that we will reach our set targets and significantly contribute to the attainment of the national vision.

“The initiative of the Mining and Agriculture Village at the Zimbabwe Agricultural Show coupled with this conference is quite commendable as it provides the relevant platform for dialogue and forging synergies between these two important sectors,” he added.

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 Dr Kambamura added that the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development is working towards the promotion of mineral beneficiation and value addition.

“In line with our National Development Strategy (NDS1), the mining sector is expected to provide linkages with other sectors of the economy.

“In an effort to improve the developmental impact of mining, the ministry is promoting mineral beneficiation and value addition in line with NDS. Therefore, as the mining sector grows, it has to grow together with other sectors of the economy.

“It is therefore pleasing to note that several mining companies are also investing in agriculture as part of their corporate social investments. The projects include the Livestock Revitalization Programme which was launched by the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, His Excellency Cde Dr E. D. Mnangagwa in 2021.

“These kinds of projects promote coexistence between mining and agriculture in our rural communities and ensure benefits from extractive resources, which are catalyst for broader economic transformation.

“This is quite commendable, as the President always says no place and no one should be left behind,” he said.

Dr Kambamura also encouraged miners both large scale and small scale miners to ensure that they operate within the law and protect the environment for future generations.

Cabinet approved the Mines and Minerals Amendment Bill which was presented by Minister of Justice Hon Ziyambi Ziyambi and Deputy Attorney General, Hon Diaz. The proposed law limits mining rights on farming land of 200 hectares or less without farmer’s consent.

The Mining and Agriculture Breakfast Conference was sponsored by Old Mutual, Feedmix and Mimosa and ran  under the theme ‘Leveraging Mining Resources to Unlock Agricultural Growth.’

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