Women farmers to benefit from irrigation project

Deputy Minister of Information, Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services, Win Mlambo last week said women in Musirizwi Communal Lands of Chipinge are set to benefit from the completion of a 16km canal irrigation project that is aimed to transform their lives through irrigation.

In an interview with The Zimbabwean last week, Mlambo said the construction of the canal was in progress and villagers were the main source of labour.

“We expect this project to benefit women mostly because they have been neglected for a long time in-terms of land ownership in the country. We need to partner local authorities who will come with machinery to drill the rock side of the canal. There are well-wishers working with us to see that this project becomes a reality.

“I am happy with the commitment being shown by the women in bringing sustainable development to their communities,” he said.

After completion of the canal, he said women farmers would be given first priority in that area to have access to water throughout the year, thereby ending the water woes the community had endured over the years.

In an interview Headman Maunze Jenya said he would make sure that the project becomes a success because the provision of water had been a stumbling block in having bumper harvests annually.

“We want to be self-reliant in this community because many households here survive on handouts from NGOs. If this project is completed many households will benefit from irrigation and we can also raise money out of it,” he explained.

“The area has potential to produce beans, maize, tomatoes and vegetables which have a ready market in towns. Work on the project commenced last week after we received an approval letter from the council. As the headman, I will work hard to mobilise all my subjects to participate in this project,” he said.

The irrigation will use gravity to move water from the weir into a 300mm pipe to the canal. The weir is 24 metres wide and 55 metres in length and helps to trap sand from entering the canal.

This type of irrigation is not new in the highlands of Chipinge, with some some villagers successfully completing the completion of a similar canal at Mugondi where more than 200 people are benefitting.

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