shashe irrigation scheme.jpgThe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority working with other stakeholders says it is mobilizing resources to resuscitate infrastructure at Shashe Irrigation Scheme in Beitbridge, as part of its alternative livelihood strategies for communities living within wild life prone areas.

The Shashe Irrigation Scheme is located about 85km East of Beitbridge town within the greater Mapungubwe Trans-frontier Park.

The 120ha irrigation scheme currently has 4.5ha of land put under wheat production this year due to the breakdown of engines.

The Trans-Frontier Conservation Area (TFCA) national coordinator, Mr Edison Chidzia said apart from initiating conservation programmes, strategies have been put in place to improve the livelihoods of communities within such areas. 

He said: “While the setting up of elephant proof fence around the irrigation scheme has been beneficial to the farmers, future plans include rehabilitating infrastructure that has hampered meaningful production.”

The chairperson of the irrigation scheme, Mr Isaac Tlou also told the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Management,  Cde Francis Nhema that besides the problem of elephants, smaller animals continue to destroy crops.

Only 1 out of 4 engines is functioning at Shashe Irrigation Scheme resulting in only 18 out of 184 farmers managing to plant the winter crop