The District Development Fund (DDF) is undertaking an ambitious exercise to develop irrigation infrastructure on 62 dams in all the country’s rural provinces but it will pay more attention on revamping infrastructure on 30 dams and irrigation schemes.

The fund has since commissioned Dongaronga dam in Chambara area, Chegutu East, where a desilting exercise was carried out at a cost of $14 000 before providing irrigation equipment including pumps.

Acting Permanent Secretary for DDF and related infrastructure Mr Edwin Toriro said under the programme, a green belt is to be created in the predominantly dry Mola area in Kariba rural.

In addition, every irrigation scheme is to have boreholes sunk by the DDF to provide portable drinking water to communities.

Chairman of Dzingainhamo Cooperative, one of the two irrigation cooperatives supported by Dongaronga dam, Mr Clevermore Kent said the completion of the desilting exercise of the dam will result in immense benefits to the Chambara  community.

Meanwhile, the DDF has acquired 6 rigs from India which are capable of drilling up to 300 metres underground.

The rigs were procured at a total cost of $2.8 million and can drill boreholes even in the desert, according to Mr Toriro.

The equipment is expected in the country by month end.