The political leadership in Matabeleland South says food security can be further enhanced if the vast water bodies in the province are fully utilised through the resuscitation and development of irrigation schemes.

Matabeleland South has some of the largest water bodies in the country which are not being fully utilised for agricultural activity.

Mtshabezi dam in Gwanda has the potential to irrigate 300 hectares, Zhovhe dam in Beitbridge 1000 hectares and Shashane in Matobo 200 hectares to name but a few.

Beitbridge legislators, Cde Matrine Mudau and Cde Tambudzani Mohadi said the Zhovhe dam canal project which was meant to create a 60 km greenbelt has remained a pipe dream as little farming  activity is currently taking place.

The dam which was constructed in 1995 has a storage capacity of 133 million cubic metres of water.

Bulilima East legislator, Cde Mathias Siqhoza Ndlovu said the province should be assisted to exploit its irrigation potential adding that this will help address food shortages in the drought prone region.

Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been quoted as saying that the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development is in the process of identifying all water bodies and people around them so that they can be assisted with equipment to boost production on the land.

The government through the command agriculture programme has seen the country producing more than 2million metric tonnes of maize in the 2016 /2017 farming season.