While irrigation has often been cited as the panacea to the recurrent droughts , particularly in dry regions of the country, communities in Mwenezi say the benefits are minimal and called upon the government to pursue partnerships which will ensure water and land is put to maximum use.
With the current thrust of devolution where provinces are expected to utilise their resources in building their economies, a team of potential investors, was in Masvingo province where it visited Manyuchi dam in Mwenezi.
The team was accompanied by the province’s leadership.
Mr Lawrence Botha, a South African businessman expressed interest in partnering the government in investing around Manyuchi dam.
“We need a place where there is water to combine cattle breeding and irrigation, we are serious investors,” he said.
When Manyuchi dam was built, the local community was given a certain percentage of water to use for irrigation and other purposes.
Chief Maranda said infrastructure and power shortages have resulted in communities failing to fully benefit from the water body, adding that the coming on board of investors will be a welcome development.
Mwenezi West legislator, Cde Priscilla Zindari Moyo concurred with Chief Maranda on the under utilisation of the dam.
Masvingo Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Cde Ezra Chadzamira said as a province, they will scrutinise the financial muscle of all potential investors and also outline time frames by which they should perform.
“We will first check all, whether local or foreign investors to make sure that they actually have what it takes to do the job,” he said.
The leadership in Masvingo province has said it will leave no stone unturned in rebuilding the economy.