Production capacity for small holder  farmers has been greatly improved following  the  successful rehabilitation of the Nyanyadzi irrigation scheme 17 years after canals where badly affected by Cyclone Eline.

The devastating effects of Cyclone Eline which affected the country in 2000 worsened an already existing challenge of heavy siltation for the Nyanyadzi water canals eventually burying the water system underground for over 15 years.

Agricultural activities, the mainstay of small holder farmers in this area were greatly affected  adding to other woes that villagers faced to satisfy their daily water requirements.

The revitalisation of the 412 hectare scheme through a scaling up climate change adaptation (SCCA) programme, a joint  partnership of the government, UN agencies such as UNDP and Oxfam,  and non-governmental organisations, has brought hope for the 712 farmers directly benefitting from this scheme.

Nyanyadzi irrigation management committee chairman, Elliah Nyanhanda is confident that they will register enhanced growth across the six crops under the scheme which include maize, wheat, tomatoes, and sugar beans.

The desilting of the Nyanyadzi water canals is among the various climate change response strategies being conducted in Manicaland Province that will help build adaptative capacity said project manager, Dr Leonard Unganai.