Italian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr. Stefano Moscatelli revealed that an Italian company which constructed Kariba Dam in the 1950s has been identified as governmentâ€™s partner in the construction of Tokwe-Mukosi Dam in Masvingo.
He was speaking after a meeting with Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister, Dr. Joseph Made in Harare.
Dr. Made said the Italians have assisted the country on a number of irrigation projects and their interest in Tokwe-Mukosi Dam will benefit the countryâ€™s agriculture through irrigation.
The completion of the dam will see the setting up of sugar cane, grain and seed crops estates in the area.
The meeting also touched on other areas of further co-operation and planned on how the Italians can assist small holder irrigation schemes in Mashonaland East, Manicaland and Masvingo.
Construction of the Tokwe-Mukosi Dam was put on halt due to shortage of resources. This year, government has set aside US$20 million for the project.
Upon its completion, the dam is expected to be the economic engine of the Masvingo province while the tourism sector will also get a boom.