The Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe this Thursday joined the Masvingo community in commemorating the World Water Day at the Great Zimbabwe Monument.
Cde Mugabe said the dwindling of the water resource in Zimbabwe is a result of changing weather patterns as well as pollution of water bodies.
He said people across the globe are being urged to use water wisely as the quality of water also determines the quality of human life.
Cde Mugabe said there is need for a second green revolution as the world population which currently stands at seven billion is expected to reach nine billion by 2050.
“It is anticipated that by 2050, the world population would have risen to 9 billion. Rapid urbanisation and rising income will thus mean more food requirements. We therefore need a second green revolution which means greater production of food by using less resources. Let us all then remember that our natural environment is a live system that requires water in order to survive,” said the President.
He said the Tokwe-Mukosi Dam is expected to be completed next year and there is need for the local community to ensure that the catchment area is not polluted for it to draw maximum benefits from the project.
The event was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe, Minister of Water Resources and Development, Mr Samuel Sipepa Nkomo, Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Dr Joseph Made, Minister of Local Government, Urban and Rural Development, Dr Ignatious Chombo, Minister of Public Service, Ms Lucia Matibenga and other government officials.