ZVISHAVANE - Mupape Irrigation Scheme came first at the Zvishavane District Field Irrigation Schemes Day held in Mazhihwa area last week.
The competitions are done every year as a way of promoting hard work and greater productivity among farmers on different irrigation schemes in the district.
Mupape competed against Bhanokubhano, Hwedzedze, Mabwematema and Danga irrigation schemes where it came first and won several prizes.
The irrigation scheme won $200 from Agritex, several bottles of Ecotorex spray chemical used on maize plants from Coopers, 10kg maize seed and 5kg bean seed from Seed-Co.
Mupape Irrigation Scheme extension officer, Terrence Gumbochuma received $100 while his assistant Owen Chikava got $100 as well.
The other irrigation schemes that did well are Mabwematema which came second and Danga at third position, each of them receiving $150 in cash.
Speaking at the event, Shadreck Charumbira said government was promoting irrigation schemes as a way of adapting to disruptive climate change.
"The government is looking forward to irrigation schemes for food security in light of climate change," said Charumbira.
The two-hectare Mupape Irrigation Scheme was established by Lutheran Developmental Services in 1992, drawing its water from Mupape Dam which is very close by.
Farmers grow cash crops like tomatoes and onions for supply to big retail shops like Ok Zimbabwe but they are looking for more markets as existing clients cannot take everything.
Chief Mazvihwa and Runde Rural District Council Ward 18 councillor, Talent Muhwandarikwa also attended the event.