Kanyemba irrigation projects 60 percent complete

by | Oct 20, 2021 | Local News | 0 comments

Nevanji Munyaradzi Chiondegwa

There has been considerable progress made in the establishment of irrigation projects across the country, cabinet has said.

The Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Development, Dr Anxious Masuka gave Cabinet an update on the progress being made on irrigation projects dotted across the country.

The country anchors its food security aspirations on irrigation projects and water availability.

Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the update communicated great strides.

“Five out of the 8 targeted centre pivots under the Pedstock Centre Pivot Facility were installed on A2 farms and the targeted installation of a 1.1 megawatt solar power plant for the Kanyemba Smallholder Irrigation Development Programme.

Three hectares of land have been cleared, palisade security fencing erected around the project site and materials delivered, leaving the project at 60% completion,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.

“1 500 hectares out of the 2 500 hectares targeted for clearing under the Lowveld Irrigated Agriculture Greenbelt Programme have been completed, while the 440 hectares have been developed or rehabilitated for irrigation under the Maka 80 Facility,” Minister Mutsvangwa added.

Minister Mutsvangwa said the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and Water Resources Management project, 50 boreholes were drilled for domestic water while 4 were drilled to provide water for irrigation.

“A total of 2 882 motorbikes and 110 tablets were distributed to extension workers to capacitate the support services and 692 248 farmers were trained under the Pfumvudza/Intwasa Programme,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.