200 farmers to benefit from Zhombe Mayorca irrigation scheme

By Courage Bushe       

MORE than 200 farmers in Zhombe area of Midlands Province are benefitting from the rehabilitation of Mayorca irrigation scheme under the Smallholder Irrigation Revitalisation Programme.

It is common for people in the mineral rich midlands province to go for gold, chrome or iron ore mining claims, but for the Mayorca community of Zhombe, it is a different story with their focus on the agricultural sector.

With government support guaranteed through the Smallholder Irrigation Revitalisation Programme (SIRP), the farmers are poised for greater heights.

“Ikozvino hatichamirire vana baba kuti usavi hwapera nekuti tave nepedu patinokwanisa kurima kubva gore richitanga kusvika paropera pachitipawo kudya nekutengesa (now we do not wait for our husbands for relish, we now have our own earning from what we plough beginning of the year to the year end, giving us food and income),” said one farmer.

Another farmer was thankful, “Tinotenda nechirongwa ichi nekuti takuwana mvura yakakwana yekudiridza,” (we are greatful for the programme as it has provided us with enough water to irrigate our crops).

Government is committed to transforming the agricultural sector and reduce vulnerability of smallholder farming communities to food insecurity, climate change and economic shocks.

“We want to end all forms of hunger as we know that we are an agro-based community   our strength is in farming hence so as government we are committed to support our communities,” said Koshen Mutisi, Director of Economic Affairs and Development in the office of Midlands Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution.

The Acting Permanent secretary of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Fisheries and Rural Settlement, Clement Gwenje said, “We cannot rely on rains for farming as we are targeting 300 000 ha by 2025 and as government we are mandated with food self-sufficiency and to achieve that we are raring to support all our communities.”

Through the Smallholder Irrigation Revitalisation Programme (SIRP)&nbsp, government seeks to contribute to the resilience of smallholder farming communities in Midlands, Manicaland and Matabeleland South provinces.