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Mnangagwa commissions US$15m irrigation project

by Staff reporter
19 Mar 2020 at 06:12hrs | Views
PRESIDENT Mnangagwa yesterday had a hectic programme here during which he commissioned Nyakomba Irrigation Scheme in the morning before addressing a rally at Bumhira Secondary School in the afternoon.

 The project started in 2015 and was funded to the tune of US$15 million under the Japanese Grant Aid.

The Department of Irrigation under the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) were involved in the rehabilitation and development of the facility.

Nyakomba Phase 2 expansion project included the construction of new pumping facilities, improving water level control, distribution and flow measurement.

New canal structures were built, while existing ones were modified. An overnight storage pond was built, while pumps and flood protection structures for Blocks B, C and D pump stations that were damaged by floods in 2006 were repaired. New irrigation infrastructure was installed on Block A, which has 146ha.

President Mnangagwa said Nyakomba was one of the most critical irrigation schemes in the country whose modernisation would increase productivity.

"We came here at the invitation of members of Nyakomba Irrigation Scheme. Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement Minister Perrance Shiri once invited us, but we could not make it because of other commitments but this time we have managed," said the President while addressing a rally at Bumhira Secondary School.

He said he had visited Nyakomba specifically to see their work that was targeted at sustaining livelihoods.

"When we toured the project, we saw men and women working on their pieces of land. The project is targeting export markets, so I had to see where they produce and process (red) chilli. They export it to America, where they are paid in US dollars," he explained.

The President said the farmers had told him that they earn in excess of US$1 000 from produce grown on their 2-hectare pieces of land but they also produce other crops such as maize and cotton under irrigation.

Government, the President said, would in the next three years, prioritise the construction of dams and drilling of boreholes with a view to putting 100 000 hectares under irrigation. This initiative will be implemented in all districts countrywide.

Source - the herald

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