The Thematic Committee on Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Settlement has lauded the government for the construction of Marovanyati Dam in the drought stricken district of Buhera.

The government funded dam is now 96% complete project, with surrounding communities saying it will go a long way in alleviating food and water shortages in Manicaland Province’s largest district.

Speaking during a tour of the project, Chairperson of the thematic committee, Cde Tsitsi Muzenda commended the government, saying the dam will promoting the 2nd Sustainable Development Goal to end hunger and achieve food security.

“This is very good project because it will help many people, the engineers have told us that this dam will supply water for 1250 hectares. Each district will get 200 hectares with the help of the irrigation and mechanisation department. They said that everything is now in place, so this project will help to alleviate hunger as people will be farming all year round, while fishing will also be welcome,” she said.

ZINWA Director for Water Supply Operations, Engineer Albert Mare said the dam is now 96% complete and they intend to have 1 250 hectares of irrigation schemes and that with the rapid growth of Murambinda Growth Point, the dam will help in supplying water as they require a more reliable source.

“We are talking of 96% complete and we can use the water that is there. So far, we have captured 33 million cubic metres of water which can be accessed at anytime, and as we speak now, we can release water to Murambinda Growth Point for the treatment plant that is there for drinking water. There is still work to be done at the irrigation schemes that need to benefit from here. The intention is to have 1250 hectares of irrigation downstream and we hope the beneficiaries will come in quickly to get the water and use it,” said Engineer Mare.

Fertile lands in Buhera have been identified for irrigation and the completion of the dam will enable work to commence at these irrigation schemes, thereby transforming the socio-economic life for the entire district.