Rural communities have been urged to use the resources they have to ensure productivity.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa addressing party supporters from Mwenezi in the recent Meet the People Rally, emphasized the need for production in the rural areas.

Despite experiencing low rainfall and high temperatures, areas like Mwenezi, Masvingo hold more than 50 percent of the country’s water in its dams scattered across the province.

In his address, Cde Mnangagwa said production is key and said those living close to the water bodies should utilise the water for agriculture.

“We want production, let’s not think that because we are in Mwenezi where there is no rain haticharimi (we no longer farm). Vanogara pedo nemvura ngatiishandisei, toda kuti mhuri imwe ne imwe iwane zvainoita. Shandai neve agriculture kuti muite basa¬† vachikubetserayi. (Those who stay close to water bodies should utilise it, we want each and every household to be seen doing something. Work hand in hand with Agritex officers, so that they can help you),” said the President.

The dams in Masvingo include Mutirikwi , Tokwe Mukosi, Muzhwi and Siya.

There have been concerns that the water bodies are not being used to full capacity with some irrigation schemes operating below their capacity utilisation.

A recent visit to Siya dam by various government officials and the media revealed that equipment meant for Bengura Irrigation Scheme is lying idle as officials have failed to implement the project which started in 2011.