By ZBC Reporter
GOVERNMENT is expediting the multi-pronged development of water and sanitation, infrastructure and the evacuation of water for utilisation, rehabilitation and revitalisation of irrigation schemes across all districts in the country.
This was said by the President, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa at the commissioning of the Lupane Water Supply Station and the Bubi-Lupane Irrigation Scheme in Matabeleland North Province this Saturday.
Beginning with the official opening of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair on Thursday, the opening of conferences for professionals in the accounting and corporate governance fields as well as that of Zimbabwean & Zambian chief justices in Victoria Falls on Friday, the President is today in Lupane as the 2nd Republic forges ahead with Vision 2030 in mind.
As he commissioned the water supply station and the Bubi-Lupane Irrigation Scheme, the President noted that all the country’s farming regions will be made productive through the use of agricultural technology and contribute meaningfully to the national food security.
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The Bubi-Lupane Irrigation Scheme initially had 180 hectares but has been subsequently increased to 200 hectares. President Mnangagwa said that the government is committed to remodeling irrigation schemes so that they are run productively, viably and sustainably.
“As such my government has deployed resident Irrigation Schemes Business Managers under ARDA to ensure that all these schemes are run as businesses.
“The Establishment of Bubi-Lupane Irrigation Scheme and Lupane Water Treatment Works projects are a reflection and testimony of the hard work, dedication, professionalism and honest result oriented work ethic of the 2nd Republic. This further underscores the power of a shared vision and unity of purpose in our endearvour to realise national development targets,” said the President.
The President exhorted the province, local authorities and other stakeholders to focus on their comparative advantages and develop Lupane to an attractive investment destination, as well as industrial and commercial centre.
“It is my expectation that efficient delivery of social services particularly, education, housing, health, water and sanitation among others, must be consistent with the status of Lupane as a provincial capital. The use of contemporary urban land use planning technologies, models and infrastructure development standards aligned to our national vision must be adopted,” enunciated President Mnangagwa.
He further commended the developments at the irrigation project so far noting that at that rate, the targets in the National Development Strategy One and agriculture food and transformation systems strategy will be realised.
President Mnangagwa alluded to other ongoing projects in the Matabeleland region such as the Gwayi Shangani dam, the Gwayi-Shangani Bualwayo pipeline, Ziminya dam in Mat North and Tuli-Manyange dam saying all these projects aim to transform the region from mainly livestock farming to diversified cropping activities.
He extolled Lupane State University, other instituions of higher learning and ARDA to support the government through long term partnerships, research, innovation and the establishment of rural industries.
“These should propel agro-processing, value addition and exports as we strive to grow out provincial GDPs,” he said.