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Perspective: Unlocking the Lowveld’s Vast Agricultural and Tourism Opportunities

As Zimbabweans, we often hear about the need to invest in our country’s rural areas. However, many of us are hesitant to do so, preferring instead to focus on opportunities in urban centers or even abroad. But what if we told you that there is a region of Zimbabwe with vast agricultural and tourism potential, just waiting for investment? That region is the Lowveld.

Located in the southern part of Zimbabwe, the Lowveld is known for its generally warmer climate and abundant water supply. In fact, Masvingo province boasts the highest dam density in the country, making it an ideal location for irrigation-based agriculture. The region also has plenty of grazing land and molasses from sugarcane mills, which promote livestock production.

But it’s not just agriculture that makes the Lowveld an attractive investment opportunity. The region is also home to some of Zimbabwe’s most stunning natural attractions, including Gonarezhou National Park and the Save Valley Conservancy. The nature reserves offer opportunities for tourism and related businesses.

Of course, investing in rural areas can come with its challenges. One major issue is access to water for irrigation purposes. However, there are solutions available such as solar-powered boreholes that can provide reliable water sources even in areas without traditional irrigation infrastructure.

Poor transport networks and distance from the market are among the major impediments, especially in the production of fresh farm products. However, farmers can leverage local markets or take advantage of specialized vehicles.

In the agriculture value chain, there’s a need to support smallholder irrigation farmers at Chilonga, Rupangwana, Nyangambe and Chisase irrigation schemes through investment value addition of farm produce.

Investing in the Lowveld isn’t just good for individual investors – it has the potential to benefit entire communities by creating jobs and boosting local economies. By investing in agriculture and tourism opportunities in this region, we can help to unlock its full potential and contribute to the growth and development of Zimbabwe as a whole.

So, let’s take a closer look at the Lowveld and consider investing in this promising region. With its abundant natural resources, supportive initiatives for smallholder farmers, and potential for eco-tourism, the Lowveld is an investment opportunity that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Mr Joseph Israel Thompson the Rural Enterprise Development Trust (REDT) chair says, “Tangira Pauri”

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