Zimbabweâ€™s water pumping capacity problems could be a thing of the past if modern technologies such as those being used to manufacture heavy duty water pumps by the Kirloskar brothers of India are adopted by Harare.
This came out during a visit to the Kirloskar manufacturing plant in Pune, India, by Vice President Joice Mujuru and her delegation.
Kirloskar Brothers Ltd manufactures a wide range of water pumps with pumping capacities of between 12 000 and 30 000 litres per second.
The delegation was taken through the pump manufacturing process from iron casting to production of pump components and their assembling.
Speaking after touring the plant, Cde Mujuru said Zimbabwe should get things done by copying and adapting Indian technology to advance its agrarian revolution through irrigation.
She said the Indian company has tried and tested products which are in use in the first world, hence the need for Zimbabwe to adopt such technology for its benefit.
City of Harare Director Engineering Services, Mr Phillip Pfukwa concurred with the Vice President that Kirloskar Brothers Ltd could be the panacea to the perennial water pumping problems the countryâ€™s cities and towns are currently facing.
He said of particular interest is the fact that the company manufactures to customerâ€™s specification which guarantees that the customer gets exactly what they want.
Director in the Department of Irrigation, Dr Conrade Zawe, said Zimbabwe should wake up and smell the coffee of the Green Revolution which other countries have adopted with much success.
He said pump irrigation is key to the success of the Green Revolution which will ensure food sufficiency and security as well as excess grain to sell to neighbouring countries.
The Kirloskar Brothers representatives expressed interest to work with Zimbabwe through supplying their products, spare parts and backup training depending on governmentâ€™s proposals.
Zimbabwe representative of the Indian company, Mr Reason Chogombe, said his organisation is well positioned to receive funding from its government for investment, adding that the government needs to table its proposals in the shortest time possible considering that the accessibility of the funds is on a first come first serve basis.
The Indian government has 5 billion dollars for Indian companies with interest to invest in different sectors in Africa.
The visit to the Kirloskar Brothers manufacturing plant by the Vice President was the last as she winds up her 7-day visit to India.