|The new weather station at Rupike irrigation Scheme|
The Meteorological Services Department (MSD) recently donated and installed weather station equipment at Rupike Irrigation Scheme in Masvingo South, Ward 23 which was commissioned by Member of Parliament (MP) Claudios Maronge.
The automatic weather station has been welcomed by members of the community who said it will help them to make better use of the agricultural land available to them.
Rupike Irrigation Scheme Agritex supervisor Tinashe Chirambadare confirmed the development and thanked MSD for the assistance which he said will help in efforts to improve agricultural productivity in the area.
“Since we are an irrigation scheme, this new equipment will help us to better schedule our irrigation system. It is not yet computerized but we get feedback from MSD Harare, which I think should be de-centralised so that we get the weather update at our offices,” said Chirambadare.
Installation was done by MSD between March 24 and 26.
Rupike Irrigation Scheme is about 90km south of Masvingo city near Renco Mine.The scheme sits on 100ha of land and it comprises 200 plot holders.
The scheme began operations in 1992 and was established by Anglo Ashanti in the late 1980s after the construction of Tugwane Dam, from which water for irrigation is drawn.Adequate operation and maintenance of irrigation infrastructure, sustains irrigation scheme facilities, reduces repair costs, help the system last longer and keeps irrigation efficiency at designed levels.