Nyamandlovu farmers are set to benefit from a US$5.2 million water project undertaken by Bulawayo City Council (BCC) and Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA).

Productivity in the Nyamandlovu farming area is set to increase when water from Epping Forest starts flowing into the prime farming areas just outside Bulawayo as it is pumped into Rochester Water Works.

The 7-km pipeline that cuts through the heart of the farm land in Nyamandlovu is set to irrigate vast tracks of lands, a development that is set to capacitate and further empower farmers most of whom are beneficiaries of the land reform programme.

Fifty-six boreholes have been sunk and installed to pump water from the aquifer.

Addressing stakeholders who toured the project, Engineer Joel Mbatha said that local farmers are part of the critical stakeholders set to benefit from the project.

Following a tour of the project, Bulawayo City Mayor Councillor Martin Moyo said the full utilisation of aquifer water will help mitigate against drought in the Matabeleland region. 

Farmers in Nyamandlovu are not only producers of beef, but have the capacity to grow crops under irrigation.