By Collen Nikisi
Farmers in Zvishavane wards 5 and 19 have commended platinum producer Mimosa for empowering surrounding communities through a livestock revitalisation programme.
Speaking at the official handover of 73 heifers and 45 bulls to Mhondongori and Kromedral villagers, Zvishavane Ngezi MP Dumezweni Mawite said the donation is testimony of the company’s vision of investing beyond mining and their commitment to sustainable corporate social responsibility programmes.
“Mimosa Mining Company’s footprint speaks for itself and the company’s interventions in agricultural activities have impacted positively in our communities .It is on record that most households in Zvishavane and Mberengwa have benefited from the previous 285 breeding bulls and 36 heifers which were injected into the community since 2015. It is heartwarming to realise that farmers have started receiving good quality Boran , Brahman and Tuli calves from the artificial insemination and breeding bulls programmes of more than 130 cows”, said Honourable Mawite.
Mimosa General Manager Stephen Ndiyamba implored the mining sector to co-exist with the community and be part of a multi-sectorial approach to revitalising and reforming Zimbabwe’s agriculture sector.
Over the years Mimosa has also participated in infrastructure development projects through supporting agricultural establishments guided by its philosophy to nurture partnerships and invest beyond mining.
Support has been in the form of provision of clean water through borehole drilling and equipping Mtshingwe nursery enhancement project among other agricultural projects.
Meanwhile, Chiefs in Zvishavane have urged the beneficiaries of this donation to look after these bulls and heifers to ensure sustainability of the project.
To date Mimosa has donated 285 bulls and 36 heifers since the inception of the programme.
The mine has also managed to refurbish five dip tanks to meet the standard requirements of the Department of Livestock and Veterinary Services.