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Chilonga chiefs tour Dendairy Kwekwe farm 

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Chilonga chiefs tour Dendairy Kwekwe farm 

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SYDNEY MUBAIWA 

MIDLANDS BUREAU CHIEF 

KWEKWE- Chiefs from Chilonga area of Chiredzi where Government plans are afoot to set aside 12 940 hectares of communal land for a Dendairy Lucerne project toured the company’s Lucerne farm in Kwekwe last Monday. 

The 65 member delegation was led by Masvingo Province Permanent Secretary for Devolution, Dr Addmore Pazvakavambwa.

He told The Mirror that they toured the farm to borrow ideas on how they can take up the project. The delegation included chiefs, councillors, farmers and Government officials. 

“We are here on a learning programme where we are going to grasp farming skills on how we can implement this Lucerne project in the Lowveld. This visit is made up of local traditional leaders, lead farmers and other Government officials and we have great hopes that through this engagement, we will have an appreciation of the product. 

“As Government, we are going to support these farmers with all requisite skills, trainings and inputs so that they can improve their livelihoods,” he said. 

Chief Chilonga born John Ben Chilonga said the educational tour will benefit the Chilonga community.

“We are here in Kwekwe on a learning programme and we are seeing how fodder can be produced. We have learnt that through fodder supplementary feeding, each dairy cow can produce about 24 liters of milk per day and this is a good project we are also going to undertake. Going back home, we are going to tell others of the good side of the project and we are ready to start,” he said. 

The tour follows an order from the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development Dr Anxious Masuka recently. 

Masuka said that it is important for Chilonga chiefs to get an appreciation of fodder production as they await the Dendairy project to begin.

Dendairy Public Relations Officer, Lilian Muungani said their commitment before is to make sure that communities hosting Lucerne projects benefit for the betterment of their livelihoods. 

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