PLATINUM producer, Mimosa Mining Company has donated 118 cattle to Zvishavane communal farmers to boost the country’s livestock revitalisation programme.
The Zvishavane based mine donated 73 heifers and 45 bulls to Mhondongori and Kromedral villagers last week.
Speaking at the handover of the cattle, Zvishavane-Ngezi Member of Parliament Cde Dumezweni Mawite said the donation was testimony of the company’s vision of investing beyond mining and its 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 benefitted 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,” he said.
Mimosa Mining general manager Mr Stephen Ndiyamba implored the mining sector to co-exist with the community and be part of a multi-sectoral 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.
Meanwhile, chiefs in Zvishavane have urged the beneficiaries of the donation to look after the bulls and heifers to ensure sustainability of the project.
The mine has refurbished five dip tanks in the district to meet the standard requirements of the Department of Livestock and Veterinary Services.
The Sunday News