Zimbabwe electrifies more than 4,000 rural institutions

Sep 27, 2005 02:00 AM

The Zimbabwe government has so far electrified 4,181 institutions in remote areas under the Expanded Rural Electrification Programme at a cost of $ 203 bn.
The chief executive officer of the Rural Electrification Agency, Engineer Emmanuel Midzi, said among the 4,181 institutions that had been electrified were irrigation schemes, schools, clinics, health service centres, business centres and chiefs' homes among others.

Engineer Midzi said 85 irrigation schemes have been electrified in all the eight rural provinces in the country.
"Of the 85 irrigation schemes, 16 are in Manicaland, 6 in Mashonaland Central, 27 in Mashonaland East, 7 in Masvingo, 9 in Matabeleland South and 4 in the Midlands Province," Eng. Midzi said. He said production had been boosted in all the electrified areas. In addition, he said, rural electrification was getting back-up support from countries such as China and India.
"We are getting back-up support from countries in the east like China and India. The two are providing us with equipment such as transformers, conductors and irrigation pumps," he added.

He said Catic of China provided them with a number of consignments that included transformers, conductors, insulators and a lot of electrical equipment under the government to government Catic Phase 1 agreement.
"We are looking forward to receiving another consignment of electrical equipment under Catic Phase 2. He added that Kirlskar Brothers and Jain Irrigation of India provided the irrigation pump sets that included the drip and sprinkler type of irrigation and their accessories.

Eng. Midzi said 148 chiefs from all eight provinces benefited from the rural electrification programme and they were well prepared to electrify all chiefs' homesteads. He said they have a total of 1,166 projects as work-in-progress countrywide.
"We have a total of 1,166 projects as work-in-progress countrywide which we want to complete by year end. Our concentration in all districts in the country is equally the same and alldistricts are important such that the requirements for each district has to be met and in compliance with the equitable distribution of resources," he said.

Nationally, 1,008 primary schools, 607 secondary schools, 714 business centres, 356 rural health centres, 233 government offices, 148 chiefs, 361 villages, 85 irrigation schemes, 45 borehole and dam points, 435 small scale farms, and 189 other institutions were electrified, bringing the total of electrified institutions to 4,181 countrywide.

Source: The Herald
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