A man brings his cattle to an acaricide bath to prevent from ticks diseases, on November 19, 2012 in the village of Lupote, at the border of the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.

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Cows are a prized asset in rural components of Africa

Zimbabwean farmers have donated “hundreds” of cattle to the African Union (AU) Basis following an enchantment by President Robert Mugabe, the state-run Herald newspaper studies.

The donation is meant to assist the pan-African physique to rely much less on overseas donors, it added.

The cattle had been auctioned, and Mr Mugabe would hand the cash to the AU on Monday, the report stated.

The donation comes amid a extreme money and meals disaster in Zimbabwe.

Final 12 months, greater than 4 million individuals had been in want of meals assist within the southern African state after rains failed, nonetheless harvests have improved this 12 months.

The opposition blames the federal government for meals shortages, saying its controversial land reform programme has ruined the farming sector.

Zimbabwe has additionally been compelled to introduce so-called bond notes after operating out of the US greenback, the principle foreign money individuals use.

Hyperinflation compelled the federal government to desert the Zimbabwe greenback in 2009.

Overseas Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi stated the cattle had been donated largely by farmers who had benefited from the land reform programme, the Herald reported.

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Robert Mugabe, 93, has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980

Their donation was an “growth” of a 2015 pledge by Mr Mugabe to donate 300 cattle, he added.

Mr Mumbengegwi didn’t disclose precisely what number of cattle had been donated and the way a lot had been raised, however stated that Mr Mugabe would current the reward on the summit of AU leaders being held in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa.

On its website, the AU Basis says it focuses on improvement programmes for youth and ladies, and selling gender equality.

Mr Mumbengegwi stated the donation was vital because it confirmed that the AU may discover modern methods to boost cash for its tasks.

Mr Mugabe, throughout his time period as AU chairman in 2015 and 2016, campaigned for the AU to be self-financed as about 60% of its price range got here from overseas donors, the Herald reported.

Cows are a prized asset in lots of rural components of Africa, the place households measure their wealth by the scale of their herd.