A commercial farmer in Mashonaland East has heeded government’s call and invested his own resources to build a dam with a capacity to hold 500 000 cubic metres of water.
A visit to Cde Bornwell Matongera’s farm in Beatrice, Mashonaland East Province revealed an interesting story whereby the commercial farmer who for many years has been growing tobacco and other crops in summer has invested heavily to construct his own dam.
After consulting with Agritex and officials from the Ministry of Water and Climate, Cde Matongera has finally completed the dam which will enable him to irrigate over 50 hectares of tobacco and other crops.
He said the construction of the dam is in line with the government policy which urges farmers to harvest water and stands to benefit under the irrigation programme which is installing centre pivot for farmers on loan basis.
The country has over 10 000 dams but most of them were either washed away while some have been heavily silted.
It is against this background that more farmers can pluck a leaf from Cde Matongera to harvest water and stop relying on rains which are sometimes unpredictable.