|Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Ezra Chadzamira in long sleeve shirt|
The Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Ezra Chadzamira has applauded government for the many agricultural projects planned for the province, saying the province was ready to make a bigger contribution to the success of the National Development Strategy through farming.
Speaking at the Chombwe Water Scheme in Chivi North on April 10, Chadzamira said the province needed to be supported with more water projects and irrigation schemes.
“We are pleased that government will soon fund construction of the Muzhwi-Mushandike Canal to harvest water from Muzhwi for farmers in Mashava, Chivi and Mushandike. There will be other irrigation schemes in such districts as Bikita which will harness water from Mutirikwi,” said Chadzamira.
He also said government had agreed to fund construction of another dam at the confluence of Runde and Tende Rivers in the district, a project he said would enable Zimbabwe to export water to South Africa.
He thanked President Emmerson Mnangagwa for initiating the pfumvudza programme which he said had enabled perennially dry districts as Chivi to increase their crop yields this year.
He said government had many irrigation projects in the pipeline, all of which are aimed at making Masvingo a green belt of agriculture.
Speaking at the same event, the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mthuli Ncube said Masvingo was potentially a very rich province whose natural resources needed to be developed.
“Masvingo province has a lot of wealth; your roads, your tourism facilities, the agricultural land. You can see the whole of Zimbabwe from Masvingo alone. You have a lot of water bodies but we need to build more irrigation schemes so that the water can be put to work.
“So you are a very rich province but we want to make sure that we support you as central government so that you make your rightful contribution onto the size of the national cake; the national GDP,” said Ncube.
Chivi Rural District Council (RDC) chairperson Godfrey Mukungunugwa said people in the district had benefitted a lot from the pfumvudza programme.
“People in this area have for long been harvesting poor yields but with pfumvudza, they now expect a bumper harvest this year. Even if they receive low rainfall, it will no longer be much of a problem since they can now be supported by the Chombwe Irrigation Scheme,” said Mukungunugwa.