- The solar PV system will be used to for the irrigation of wheat, tobacco, and maize at the farm.
- The project is a venture between Zim-China Wanjin Agriculture Development Company, an initiative between Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Defence and War Veterans Affairs with Anhui Provincial State Farms Group of The People’s Republic of China.
Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Defence and War Veterans Affairs Permanent Secretary, Aaron Nhepera, said the project is proof of the success of the country’s look east policy which will go a long way in increasing foreign direct investment in the country.
“This project is ample testimony of the strong bilateral relations that exist between our two countries. Dating back to the time of the liberation struggle, China was with us as we fought to dislodge the barbaric colonial system. All of us have a duty to emulate Zim-China Wanjin Agricultural Development (PVT) Ltd in complementing the government’s efforts to provide enough electricity for the nation which is needed in our modernisation and industrialization drive as we seek to realize the national vision of an empowered and prosperous upper-middle income society by 2030 through implementation of the national development strategy,” he said.
Zim-China Wanjin Company General Manager, Lyu Qingqian, said that they are happy with the establishment of the solar power generation plant as it will increase efficiency for agricultural activities. “We are no longer worried about power challenges and this will definitely help increase production,” he said.
Author: Bryan Groenendaal