The government has launched the command water harvesting programme in Buhera in a move aimed at ensuring food security in the perennial drought stricken district.

The launch of Mutsindikwa dam rehabilitation programme in Buhera West constituency marked the start of the provincial command water harvesting programme which will put the community on a new socio-economic drive.

The Minister of State for Manicaland Province, Cde Mandi Chimene who was represented by director in her office Mr Kennedy Mugarisanwa said the government has made huge investment in water infrastructure such as dams.

She said under the command water harvesting programme, communities will become more productive in ensuring food security ending perennial food shortages in the district.

Speaking at the same occasion, ZINWA Save Catchment manager Engineer Tendai Muyambo revealed that Zimbabwe has the capacity to store 47 billion cubic metres of water but presently only 10 billion cubic is being utilised.

Command water harvesting is part of the ZIM ASSET driven programmes and through community involvement more positives will be realised noted Engineer Muyambo.

The legislator for Buhera West Cde Oliver Mandipaka said the rehabilitation of Mutsindikwa dam is a positive development that will champion economic empowerment.

Mutsindikwa dam which has the capacity to hold 9 500 cubic litres of water and provide water for domestic use, irrigation, livestock and dip tank provision to the Buhera ward five community.

ZINWA together with the Buhera community will start to rehabilitate the dam spill way which was damaged by incessant rains and work to commence desilting programme is anticipated to be rolled out soon.