Legislators in Masvingo Province have called for the establishment of a green belt, saying this can be achieved if all irrigation schemes are utilised to full capacity.
Irrigation has often been cited as the panacea to food shortages particularly in dry regions like Masvingo, which usually receive low rainfall.
Addressing farmers and other community members, during an awards ceremony for irrigation schemes that are performing well in the province, held at Chipisa, Gutu West, the legislator for the constituency, Cde Tongai Muzenda said while a number of irrigation schemes are doing well, there is need to ensure that all the schemes are capacitated to enable them to achieve high yields .
The irrigation schemes competitions, which are being facilitated by the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, are being conducted for schemes which benefited under the Brazil More Food for Africa Programme.
In Masvingo, Chipisa Irrigation Scheme clinched first position after excelling in wheat production.
For their efforts, they were awarded $9000.
The Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs, Dr Paul Chimedza, who handed over the prizes, applauded the farmers for working hard to ensure food self sufficiency in their communities.
Dr Chimedza also reiterated calls for the need to establish a green belt in Masvingo.
Chipisa Irrigation will represent Masvingo Province at the national competitions.