Crop and livestock innovation hub benefits 60 families in Kariba
By Regis Mhako
A crop and livestock innovation project has been commissioned in Kariba rural as part of efforts to ensure food self-sufficiency through improved income levels.
.The innovation hub, established by various partners under the banner of the Zimbabwe Resilience Building Fund and Zambezi Valley Alliance, seeks to build the capacity of the Makande community through climate change proofing.
The crop and livestock innovation center undertake cattle artificial insemination, goat breeding, hatchery, and crop production through the use of a solar-powered irrigation system.
Chairperson of the project, Samuel Muzenda says the programme has transformed the Makande community.
“We have tested innovation within a rural setup and most of us have changed for the better through the resilience building project,” he said.
Implementing partner, Action Aid Zimbabwe Country Director Joy Mabenge said the resilience building fund has achieved a massive impact in the Zambezi Valley, covering Kariba, Mbire, and Binga.
“When we set out on this journey with other partners, we could not have imagined the massive impact achieved. With a set target of 45 105 households, the project has managed to reach 53 589 households through various interventions,” he noted.
Officially commissioning the innovation hub, Mashonaland West Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Mary Mliswa urged the community to ride on the project and change their lives.
She said, “It’s fantastic that you are also benefiting through artificial insemination at your doorstep. We used to hear of insemination being implemented at CUT, but you are also implementing the same. It is up to you to embrace the benefits of the innovation hub, which also has an incubator for eggs.”
The Makande community has also been challenged to maintain the infrastructure which has been handed over to them.
“This project is for you. We don’t want to hear that it collapses soon after the donor is gone,” said Cletus Matingwina, Nyaminyami RDC chief executive officer.
Most parts of the Kariba district are drought-prone, with little arable land, hence animal husbandry and irrigation-based agriculture are key for the survival of the community.