Two new irrigation schemes will soon be operational in Chimanimani district after a local development agency partnered the Rural District Council (RDC) for the project which will benefit more than 120 households.

The irrigation schemes, Manzou and Nemapa are almost complete in Chimanimani thanks to the partnership between Caritas Mutare, villagers and the Chimanimani RDC.

Once completed the two irrigation schemes will benefit close to 120 households.

Their completion will bring to ten the number of micro irrigation schemes that have been constructed by Caritas Mutare in Chimanimani district alone.

Villagers here are upbeat the schemes will usher in economic development as they will be able to farm all year round.

Caritas Mutare programmes manager, Mr Nhamo Hondoyomoto revealed all necessary material for the construction of the two schemes has been procured.

He noted his organisation is fully committed to partner the government in implementing ZIM ASSET driven development programmes to better the lives of communities.

Chimanimani RDC chief executive officer, Mr Nehemiah Deure added his authority will continue driving implementation of community driven projects to ensure there is local economic development.

At Manzou Irrigation Scheme, women and men are engaged in trenching and fence erection, whilst at Nemapa the community has completed major works serve for the pegging of plots.

Irrigation rehabilitation and construction has been identified by government as a key development programme that will end poverty and create food security and nutrition in rural communities.