The government is set to unveil a special irrigation development programme to rehabilitate old irrigation schemes and set up new infrastructure.

This follows a cabinet approval of the special irrigation development programme, dubbed “Command Irrigation” which will see the setting up of irrigation infrastructure covering 300 000 hectares.

The Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Dr Joseph Made says Command Irrigation will be implemented in a systematic way whereby irrigation projects will be set along major rivers and all water bodies.

This programme targeting all forms of farmers will also benefit key institutions like prisons services farms, churches and school farms among others.

Dr Made says approval of the Command Irrigation resonates well with the commissioning of the Tokwe Mukosi Dam set for this Thursday.

He noted that if complete, the on-going feasibility study of Tokwe Mukosi will see between 25 000 and 30 000 hectares being put under irrigation for crops like sugar cane, wheat and the staple maize crop.

The Command Irrigation programme falls under the Food Security and Nutrition cluster of ZIM ASSET chaired by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.