In a bid to revive Bulawayo as Zimbabwe and Southern Africa’s economic heartbeat through agricultural practice, a local non-governmental organization seeks to form partnerships with local farmers in the city which is now a shadow of its former state.
Ukukhanya Leadership and Development Trust are set to bankroll horticulture projects at a land in Woodville just 12 kilometers outside the city centre.
The Founder and chairperson of the organisation Sebastian Zuze seek the participation of locals in the projects.
“We are calling for every interested part especially youths are greatly affected with unemployment. Candidates should come up with a budget proposal and we help fund their projects. The Woodville land will see a ready supply of electricity, borehole water and the use of solar geysers.
“The youth which is heavily affected by the economic downfall and high rate of unemployment should take advantage of this project. People should be self-reliant and work towards the revival of the economy. Everyone is invited in this project and we want to make Bulawayo great again,” said Zuze.
A site visit has been lined up for next month as well as a conference to equip people with leadership skills.
He added that agriculture is a key factor that can revive local industries if the sector blooms.
“Zimbabwe’s economy has always been agro based, if done properly it will oil the engine that drives our economy. This will revive our failing economy, we want to see Bulawayo industries back on top where it belongs- the hub of industries and transport, we want to see our people working hence we are calling for the participation in our project that will not only benefit the city but Zimbabwe and Southern Africa,” said Zuze.