EU funds Zim irrigation development

The European Union (EU) is expected to inject a €6m grant to rehabilitate and upgrade irrigation schemes in Manicaland and Matebeleland South provinces.

The two provinces are expected to receive half of the money each under the four-year development scheme. Manicaland provincial administrator Fungai Mbetsa confirmed the news. He revealed that close to 20 dilapidated irrigation schemes in the eastern province were expected to be repaired.

“We have already deployed a technical committee of irrigation engineers to assess irrigation schemes to undergo the exercise. The rehabilitation exercise will commence immediately after the completion of the assessment by our engineers,” said Mbetsa.

The eastern region also received $2m worth of irrigation equipment from the Japanese government. This will be used to rehabilitate and expand Nyakomba irrigation scheme in Nyanga.

Schemes like these have been cited as a food security measure, since 80 per cent of the country’s regions are unsuitable for growing crops due to low rainfall.

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