Mimosa Mining Company says the association between mining and agriculture is not necessarily antagonistic as they believe the two sectors can compliement each other.
Speaking to Great Dyke News 24, the company’s Managing Director Fungai Makoni emphasised the need for coexistence between mining and agriculture saying the two can derive mutual benefit from cooperation.
“Mining and agriculture are not necessarily in conflict with each other and there are there to complement each other.
“At Mimosa we recognized the importance of agriculture to our communities and to the economy at large.
“In that regard, we have made several contributions through our Corporate Social Responsibly programmes into the agricultural space,” he said.
He added that over the years, the company has donated pedigree bulls and heifers in Zvishavane District.
“We have run a livestock resuscitation programme in the Zvishavane district where over the years we have contributed over 201 pedigree bulls and 21 heifers.
“We also partnered the Zimbabwe Agricultural Society in regards to the artificial insemination programme where we are looking at implementing that programme across the Midlands and Masvingo provinces among others.
“We have been involved in various garden projects in the District of Zvishavane that’s why we exhibited at the Zimbabwe Agricultural Show,” added Makoni.
The Zimbabwe Agricultural Society Chief Executive Officer Dr. Anxious Masuka said “Their objectives (farmers and miners) are similar as they are only extracting Zimbabwean minerals from a different depth.
“Miners concentrate on depths underground while agriculturalists concentrate on the first 45 centimeters of the land but their objective is the same, largely the improvement of livelihoods.”
Meanwhile, Mimosa Mining company was awarded the Sustainable Mining and Agriculture Projects floating trophy for the best exhibit by a mining company exhibiting the most sustainable mining practises and agricultural best corporate social investment at the Mining and Agricultural Village during the inaugural Zimbabwe Agricultural Show.
The show was held from the 19th to the 24th of August 2019 at the exhibition park in Harare.