Acting President Retired General Constantino Chiwenga has arrived at ARDA Antelope Estate in Maphisa, Matobo District, to appreciate operations at the facility.

He is accompanied by Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement Minister Retired Air Chief Marshal Perrance Shiri.

The estate, which has put 650 hectares under wheat production, is one of the leading producers of cereals in the drought prone region.

An excess of 5 000 tonnes of wheat is expected to be harvested this season.

Speaking to the ZBC, ARDA Director of Operations Mr Bhatetsi Noko said the parastatal’s plans to expand to 3000 hectares is being hampered by inadequate water supplies, hence the need for the construction of the proposed Mwewe dam.

Currently the irrigation scheme is drawing water from Antelope and Shashane dams, thereby limiting its expansion drive to just 1000 hectares.

Meanwhile, ARDA Antelope Estate will this season diversify to soya bean production.