April 26, 2012
Youths have the potential to contribute to national social and economic development and must be placed at the forefront of economic revival, a Cabinet minister has said.
In a speech read on his behalf by Mashonaland Central Governor and Resident Minister Advocate Martin Dinha at a field day on Tuesday, Youth, Development, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Minister Saviour Kasukuwere said it was Government’s responsibility to ensure youths are economically empowered.
The field day, held at Sunridge Farm in Mazowe, was attended by stakeholders in the agriculture sector.
“The mandate of the Government through my ministry is to ensure that youths and indigenous Zimbabweans are economically empowered through entrepreneurship and business development,” Minister Kasukuwere said.
“Youths face challenges of not having the right knowledge and skills to start businesses and also not having equipment and loans to run their businesses.”
Minister Kasukuwere said his ministry had programmes to help youths identify viable businesses in the areas they live and these programmes try to reach every ward in Zimbabwe.
A group of 61 youths that was resettled on Sunridge Farm in 2003 hosted the field day in which they showcased their potential to produce effectively given proper support.
They are producing various crops that include maize, soya beans, butternuts, sugar beans and flowers.
The youths have so far made notable achievements and have acquired 102 head of cattle.
They fall under the Youth In Farming Organisation that is represented in all provinces.