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POTRAZ launches Village Information Centre in Rafingora

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The Post and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) on Friday commissioned an information centre that will promote agricultural activities in Rafingora.

It was a day the long forgotten community and rural folk of Mashonaland West area will never forget.

The marginalized rural people will benefit immensely through the Community information centres (CIC) initiative.

In his speech at the commissioning of the Rafingora CIC on Friday, Potraz director-general Gift Machengete said:

“Rafingora is a predominantly farming community and the benefits that this centre will bring to the farmers are enormous.

“To begin with, through CICs, farmers can access various e-agriculture platforms that are available. Such platforms can enable farmers to hire or hire out equipment such as combine harvesters, tractors, trailers, boom sprayers and shellers, among other things, thus improving farming efficiency.”

He added: “Farmers can also order implements online such as seed, fertilizer, pesticides and approach courier service providers such as ZimPost’s Courier Connect for delivery. This will ensure farming operations are not hindered by travel restricting pandemics such as COVID-19.”

Through the internet, Machengete said, farmers could access information about market trends, which would assist them in appropriately planning their operations.

“Online research can also be done on the latest and more efficient farming methods which may help farmers to cut costs and increase productivity,” he said.

“Through community information centres, communities will soon benefit from the e-government project where they will be able to apply for passports, identity particulars, birth certificates, death certificates and burial orders among other essential government issued documents from centres such as this one.”

Apart from CICs, Potraz is collaborating with the ICT ministry on several other projects in the country aimed at improving internet access and use as well as bridging the digital divide.

Focusing on Mashonaland West province, the telecommunications regulator has erected three shared base station towers in Neuso and Gachegache.

The event was also attended by the guest of Honour who is also the Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier Services,
Hon. Dr Jenfan Muswere,
The Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and
Devolution, Mashonaland West Province, Hon. Mary
Mliswa,
the Deputy Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier
Services, Hon. Dr. Dingimuzi Phuti, the Deputy Minister of Local Government, Public
Works and National Housing who is also the MP for
this Constituency, Hon Marian Chombo, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of ICT,
Postal and Courier Services, Dr Eng. Sam
Kundishora among other top dignitaries.

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