Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) and Mushandike farmers have joined hands to repair the canal at Mushandike Irrigation Scheme which has been broken for three years.
Zinwa communications officer Marjorie Munyonga said they were on their feet fixing the broken canal with the help of farmers and dismissed allegations that they were forcing famers to work on the canal.
She said they were fixing the canal in order to meet the farmers’ target for winter wheat planting on April 25.
“We are working together with the farmers to meet the wheat planting target and we are almost halfway and we hope to complete it in time as we promised since the resources are there,” said Munyonga.
Mushandike Irrigation Scheme chairperson Enere Butsumani said famers were happy with the work Zinwa was doing and expressed optimism that work would be completed in time for planting.
He said farmers pledged to work together with Zinwa to speed up the process so that they meet winter wheat planting deadline.
“We are happy that the repairs on the canal have started and we are helping Zinwa with labour because we want the irrigation scheme to be up and running.
“A lot of livelihoods depend on the success of this irrigation scheme so as farmers we agreed that we would provide the resources at our disposal to make it work. Winter wheat planting season is upon us and we are working against the clock,” said Butsumani.
The canal draws water from Mushandike Dam.