As the nation continues to grapple with persistent drought due to climate change, calls keep growing louder for a speedy completion of the Tugwi-Mukosi master plan which will pave way for laying of irrigation infrastructure among other projects.

A daily routine with very little benefit as much as the Mlambo family situated about 7km from the Tugwi-Mukosi dam are putting in their labour, it is clear the weather rules and the sun is having a field day on their crops.

They are among those who cling on to the hope that sooner rather than later communities will start benefiting from the dam.

The communities have been waiting to hear government’s standpoint with regards to the completion of the master plan.

An inter-ministerial team led by Retired Air Chief Marshal Perrence Shiri was at the dam today and the minister said the contractors tasked with the job are dragging.

“The contractors are taking too long, they are moving at a snail pace. We are going to overtake them,” he said.

It’s not just about the agriculture, but several projects will be hinged on the dam.

While locals in the tourism sector are rearing to go, they too await the implementation of the master plan.

The first phase of the master plan saw over 100 000 hectares of land for possible irrigation being identified with reassurance that by the end of the first quarter the actual 25 000 set for irrigation will have been identified.