The 64 hectare Chimwe Chegato Irrigation Scheme is enhancing food security in Mberengwa after resuming operations.

The scheme suspended operations last year following a fallout with service providers over a $92 000 ballooning debt.

The irrigation scheme had to halt operations following its failure to settle utility bills amounting to $92 000 which it owed the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) and the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA).

The development had directly affected 126 farmers.

Irrigation authorities had to engage the two service providers for a payment plan which led to the resumption of operations.

The irrigation scheme’s vice chairperson Ms Zvisinei Mataruse said the scheme has improved food security in the area.

“Life had become unbearable in this part of the country but the irrigation has changed everything,” she said.

A number of children were on the verge of dropping out of school while the nearest boarding school, Chegato had equally been affected by the scheme’s closure.

Ward 12 councillor Ms Nokuthula Ndhlela said the scheme has brought relief to villagers as it has created a source of livelihood in the area.

“The face of the community has changed as villagers are now getting their food and income from the scheme,” she said.

The scheme is also ready for the production of wheat during this year’s season.