Harnessing carbon dioxide to boost agricultural production Mr Kwanele Hlabangana

Fildah Gwati

PRIVATE volunteer organisations have responded positively to Zimbabwe’s push to tame climate change and promote sustainable agriculture practices by proffering various strategies and solutions such as harnessing carbon dioxide and practising regenerative agriculture.

The search for solutions has seen Real Time Biotech and Engineering (RTBE), Africa Voluntary Carbon Credits Market Forum (AVCCF) and the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNWVA) signing a memorandum of agreement to promote the empowerment of war veterans through a carbonic agricultural programme.

The country has since received 500 million pounds from the AVCCF to go towards the climate initiative that seeks to support regenerative agriculture.

AVCCF Chairman Mr Kwanele Hlabangana said: “The programme was founded in response to pressing global environmental challenges on developing countries in Africa and we are facilitating programmes in unlocking green, infrastructure development on renewable energy and agriculture across Africa from climate financing. Our activities include rising public awareness on climate change, training partners for the association and building infrastructure especially in Zimbabwe, which is pressured by economic sanctions.  And we want Africa to have the number one lead role in environmental conservation in the world.”

RTBE research and business development executive Tawanda Shamuyarira added that regenerative agriculture was the understanding and management of carbon dioxide (CO2). Regenerative practices harness this benefit by optimising soil health, nutrient cycling, and microbial activity, fostering resilient and productive agricultural systems.

“Regenerative agriculture is a holistic approach that aims to restore and enhance ecosystems, soil health, and biodiversity while promoting sustainable food production. Unlike conventional farming methods, which often contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, regenerative agriculture actively sequesters carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, thus mitigating climate change. Carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas, plays a crucial role in this process,” he explained.

Through the use of carbonic gas, farmers can simultaneously improve soil health, enhance biodiversity, and increase agricultural productivity. Embracing regenerative agriculture’s potential to address climate change is a crucial step towards building a sustainable and resilient future for our planet.

ZNLWVA in collaboration with AVCCMF and RTBE will soon be announcing a climate based empowerment programme for war veterans.

ZNLWVA National Executive Chairman Andrease Mathibela chipped in saying the climate based empowerment p programme had the potential to churn out benefits that include economic empowerment, skills development and access to finance. This he said, would help safeguard the natural resources for future generations.

Carbon dioxide is a gas in earth’s atmosphere. It is colourless, odourless and is composed of one carbon atom bonded to two oxygen atoms. It can be harnessed for agriculture by enriching greenhouse environments to enhance plant growth. Carbon dioxide captured from industrial sources or the atmosphere can stimulate soil fertility. Agroforestry integrates trees with crops, utilising their ability to capture carbon dioxide for the benefit of agriculture and the environment.

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