ZIMBABWE’S population is projected to be nearly 17 million, growing by nearly four million in the last 10 years from 13 million recorded during the 2012 national census, the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZimStat) has said.
Last year, ZimStat conducted a census mapping exercise which projected the population to be now at 16,9 million.
These include 8,8 million females and 8,1 million males.
The 2012 census put the country’s population at 13 061 239; 6 780 700 females and 6 280 539 males.
ZimStat is expected to conduct another census this year.
It will use the Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) technique in capturing data from members of the public.
There will be 50 000 enumerators each with a tablet to capture information digitally while about 300 motorcycles will be procured for data collection in remote areas.
Results will inform policymakers on how to make projections for the country.
ZimStat public relations and communication manager Ms Mercy Chidemo said the pre-census mapping exercise which ended last week projected that the country now has nearly 17 million people.
“The projected 2022 Population number is 16 980 513 with 8 810 090 females and 8 170 423 males,” she said.
Chidemo said the agency has completed its pre-census mapping exercise and is now recruiting census field workers.
“We now have the enumeration areas and we are now moving into training for the level one teams.
Starting this month, we will be training national supervisors and trainers who will train the enumerators.
Most of the recruitment is being done from the public service.
And all the recruitment is being done this month for the enumerators, the supervisors and information communication technology experts,” said Chidemo.
ZimStat is targeting to recruit 50 000 enumerators who will conduct the census exercise from April 21 to April 30 this year.