Government is courting investors in the irrigation development sector in light of the fluctuations in the rainfall patterns that affect national food security.
With the world battling with the effects of climate change, which has caused extreme weather conditions such as droughts and flooding, it has become imperative for government to take irrigation development seriouslyÂ to ensure all year round production of food crops.
Though strides have been made by the government, the private sector and the donor community in the area of irrigation development since independence, years of lack of maintenance has seen most of the irrigation schemes becoming obsolete, prompting government to seek international and regional partners to revive various irrigation schemes around the country.
Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister, Dr Joseph Made said negotiations with the European Union delegation are centered on support for irrigation programmes especially in the small holder sectors.
â€œWe had deliberations with the EU delegation on the issue of support in the agricultural sector and our current efforts are to ensure that we develop irrigation programmes because of global warming and climate change, which are a threat to national food security.
Zimbabwe’s economy is driven by agriculture and the majority of the rural people depend on it for their livelihood.Â
The majority of the rural population lives in areas where rainfall is erratic and unreliable, making dry land cultivation a risky venture.