Government says it is working on the provision of water to communities in dry regions through an expanded rural water programme.

Boreholes have become a highly guarded water source in areas such as southern Chipinge and Buhera, where they have of late become the only go to area for clean water.

However, government is working flat out to address the challenges, with the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement, Retired Air Chief Marshal Perrence Shiri, who was on a tour in Buhera recently, said provision of adequate water to rural communities in dry regions is a priority.

“As you might be aware, government is currently constructing dams countrywide and quite a number are almost 100 percent complete. We are aware of the water problems being faced in rural communities, especially in dry regions and with the help of the Chinese government, we will be drilling 500 more boreholes on top of the ones already functional,” said Minister Shiri.

The Minister also commended rural communities for their efforts in mitigating climate change by adopting smart energy sources such as solar which has resulted in the decrease of deforestation statistics in most parts of the country.

“Climate change is real and is the major cause of all the natural disasters we are experiencing right now. But I am grateful that the majority of rural communities are adopting smart technologies. The cutting down of trees has decreased and cases of veld fires have also decreased, which is quite commendable,” he added.

Meanwhile, cases of human-wildlife conflict are on the increase in areas such as Mahenye and Middle Sabi, with animals now moving into communities in search of water.