The Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) plans to venture into commercial production of mbanje at Chiredzi Prison to raise revenue to stave off pressure and over-reliance on the fiscus.
ZPCS has since formally applied to the Government for a licence to grow mbanje, among other projects earmarked for Masvingo Province.
Officer Commanding ZPCS Masvingo Senior Assistant Commissioner Social Ndanga last week said his organisation was conducting feasibility studies to establish the efficacy of mbanje production in the Lowveld.
“We are carrying out feasibility studies at the moment to see whether we can commercially grow cannabis in the Lowveld because our target is to reduce our reliance on the national fiscus by generating our own revenue as an organisation.
“Cannabis production is just but one of several income-generating projects that we are