Washen Expo kicks off in Bulawayo

Zimbabweans from all sectors of the economy have been urged to be actively involved in mitigating and adaptation of climate change which is becoming a threat to Zimbabwe’s agricultural sector.

The country is currently facing fluctuating weather conditions and with Meteorological Services Department revealing the 2018/ 2019 agriculture season will receive normal to below normal rainfall it is clear there is to step a gear up in promoting low carbon economy.

Despite the fact that developed countries contribute more than 50 percent of carbon dioxide emissions, developing countries such as Zimbabwe which depend on agriculture as the backbone of economy continue to bear the brunt.

Matabeleland provincial head Mr Dumisani Nyoni speaking on behalf of the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement Cde Perrance Shiri revealed that the ministry is working towards a low carbon economy and climate resilient Zimbabwe.

“Transforming our economy and society requires the participation of all sectors and should be in line with the government vision of making Zimbabwe an upper middle income economy by the year 2030. Climate change impacts span across all sectors therefore it is critical for all sectors of the economy to play their part in climate change mitigation and adaptation. The government through my ministry is working towards a low carbon and climate resilient Zimbabwe. This vision will be achieved through full implementation of the 2017 national climate policy which aims to enhance the national adaptation capacity, scale up mitigation actions, facilitate domestication of climate related global policies and ensure compliance to the global mechanisms,” he said.

During the WASH Conference, an official in the ministry of energy and power development revealed, Zimbabwe is losing over 70 000 tonnes of biomass which can be used for energy generation.

“Fuel wood is still the dominant fuel in the domestic sector with biomass accounting for 66 percent of energy use in the country. The timber industry generates a lot of waste from timber processing that can be used to generate electricity. An estimated 70 000 tonnes of biomass is wasted each year,” said Dr Sosten Ziuku – director energy, conservation and renewable energy.

The expo is set to end today (Friday) with business community, industry and policy makers expected to use the platform to discussing ways to provide sustainable solutions to the challenges of water and climate change.

 

Source: ZBC

Post Author: Nyasha Nyakunu

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