The de-siltation programme along Save river has brought joy to farmers in Chibuwe whose livelihood was being threatened by viability challenges facing one of the country’s largest communal irrigation scheme.
Chibuwe Irrigation Scheme is a shining example of how the commercialisation of smallholder farming operations can help eradicate poverty but the irrigation scheme that has been in existence for 80 years now is being threatened by siltation along Save river.
Following appeals for help by local farmers, Zanu PF aspiring Member of Parliament for Musikavanhu constituency Cde Joshua Murire mobilised resources to embark on a de-siltation programme giving hope of a bumper harvest to farmers who anticipate over 1 200 tonnes of sugar beans among other crops this season.
“The programme to desilt the water body feeding the irrigation scheme follows appeals by the community whose irrigation activities where now being threatened by shortage of water,” he said.
Local traditional leaders and farmers commended the aspiring Member of Parliament for spearheading the de-siltation programme in one of the country’s driest regions where agricultural activity is the main source of income with the locals believing that any possibility of stopping operations at the scheme would be catastrophic.
“We are very proud of the initiatives by our aspiring Member of Parliament whose support will rejuvenate agriculture activities at the irrigation scheme whose capacity was now being affected by shortage of water,” said some of the farmers in the area.
Started in 1938, Chibuwe Irrigation is the nerve centre sustaining lives of local farmers and the entire community in the area with the availing of dam scooping machinery to desilt the water body feeding the irrigation scheme giving hope of self sustenance to local farmers.