Government has commissioned a 361 hectare irrigation scheme in Cashel Valley as part of the country’s grant plan to ensure community food self sufficiency under the 200 hectares irrigation per every district.

Cashel Valley Irrigation Scheme famed for its production of the iconic brand in the country had almost seized operations due to silting of 23 water weirs and destruction of water canals.

The revival and commissioning of the scheme covering at least 361 hectares is part of the restoring Cashel Valley to its former glory days and ensure implementation of government policy on community based food security, said the Minister of State responsible for District Development Fund (DDF) in Vice President Kembo Mohadi’s office Honourable Davis Marapira during a tour of the scheme.

“Government has set a target to rehabilitate and putting up new irrigation schemes surpassing 200 hectares per every district and the resuscitation of the new irrigation is part of the government target,” he said.

The Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs Dr Ellen Gwaradzimba described the revival of the irrigation scheme benefiting 381 families as an important rural development initiative.

“Establishing more irrigation schemes is the panacea to food shortages in the country and it is pleasing to note that government is on a drive to replicate the project throughout the country,” she said.

The Cashel community thanked government for the life changing initiative that will transform economic activities in the area.