The maize seed that was planted on a 100 hectare piece of land at Bulawayo Kraal Irrigation Scheme in Binga is now at various stages of growth although there is still a challenge of burst pipes to allow smooth flow of water to the scheme.

Bulawayo Kraal Irrigation Scheme is now operational following the intervention by the First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe who secured an investor.

The maize seed was dry planted due to challenges of burst pipes which delayed the supply of water from the Zambezi River to the scheme.

Although the crop is in good condition, the challenge of burst pipes continues to affect the scheme which spent the greater part of the week without water.

Chairperson of the Bulawayo Kraal Irrigation Scheme management committee, Cde Veronica Munkuli said work is underway to plant seed millet on 25 hectares and expressed optimism that the challenge of burst pipes will soon be a thing of the past as the engineers are rectifying the problem by laying an additional pipeline.

“Our biggest challenge has been that of burst pipes but we are taking care of it. The engineers and technicians are on the ground working on that and i understand today they are having the water today. Since we are going to expand operations we thought it is better to have additional pipelines and ensure that all the four pivots are well supplied,” he said.

Both the millet and maize seed are expected to have matured by December before being sent for processing so that the seed is sold in the market by the end of January.

The management committee is already busy with preparations for the commissioning of the irrigation scheme in which the First Lady Dr Mugabe is expected to be the guest of honour.