By News Editor
The country’s telecommunications giant TelOne recently made a massive boost to Hwahwa prison’s orchard making a donation of 500 fruit trees.
TelOne Corporate Services Director Hopewell Zinyau said TelOne is expanding its Prisons Nurseries and Orchards Project which was launched last year at Chikurubi Prison farm as part of its Corporate Social Investment programme.
The expansion will see the increase in the orchard size at Chikurubi, Hwahwa and Marondera Prisons.
“The project which started as an environmental intervention through tree planting with an establishment donation of 10,000 seeds and seedlings for a variety of trees and water system establishment is aimed at empowering inmates and contribute to prisons self-sufficiency in the long-run,” Zinyau said.
Zinyau said partnership with ZPCS is meant to expand TelOne tree planting program in a cost effective manner as the tree seedlings for TelOne programmes will be provided for under the project while ZPCS will also benefit from the programme by selling the seedlings to other clients and partners for its sustainability.
“Furthermore, the orchards are expected to start producing fruits for prisoners’ consumption and also for sale with proceeds expected to benefit Prisons and Correctional Services,” he said.
Currently, Chikurubi prison farm is the hub of an established nursery that has already started producing seedlings which are now being handed over to other prisons for orchards establishment and expansion to mark this year’s tree planting day as a way of expanding and strengthening the project.
“Today Hwahwa prison is the first beneficiaries of the tree seedlings as TelOne donates the tree seedlings countrywide. We are proud to present to Hwahwa some of the tree seedlings that were produced under this programme at Chikurubi Prison Farm as we seek to expand the programme further and have more Prisons benefit through starting their own orchards or expanding their already existing orchards.The tree seedlings will benefit more than 1 000 inmates at Hwahwa Prison,” he said.
TelOne will hold its main event of tree planting in Marondera which will be graced by TelOne Managing Director Chipo Mutasa and the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services Commissioner General Moses Chihobvu.
TelOne has been running the tree planting program since 2017 where tree seedlings have been donated to various institutions for the development of orchards and woodlots.
Meanwhile, Hwahwa prison boss Nelson Chikwature said the donation will go a long way in the elimination of malnutrition in the country’s gaols.
Chikwature in appreciation said the TelOne donation has come at an opportune moment.
He added that fruits will indeed go a long way in transforming the prison’s nutritional levels.
The country’s prisons have been besotted with a plethora of challenges chief among them being poor diets
“Let me hasten to register our profound appreciation, as an organisation for the invaluable gesture of fruit trees which I strongly believe will go a long way in transforming the nutritional levels in our prisons, notwithstanding other herbal benefits derived from trees,” Chikwature said.
He said fruits are needed for every person’s well being.
“It is common knowledge that fruits are a vital cog every person’s daily diet. With their rich content in vitamins, and have the positive effects of reducing or totally eliminating a plethora of diseases,” he said.
Chikwature, applauded TelOne for the donation.
“Thus, for a healthy population, we certainly need fruits, hence this generous donation resonates well with our vision to eliminate malnutrition from our institutions,” he said.