By Tamuka Charakupa
THE Government says it is prioritising investments in sustainable water solutions in dry regions to ensure food security in the country.
Communities in Buhera district have called on the government to assist with sustainable water solutions following severe water shortages for agricultural purposes.
Coupled with last year’s poor rains, efforts to harvest water through weirs have not provided an alternative due to high temperatures in the dry region.
Buhera Central Legislator, Honourable Matthew Nyashanu summed up the desperate situation in the area.
“As a community, we have been trying to make good use of the few water sources that we have in the area. However, due to high temperatures, we experience here we need serious investments in borehole drilling and irrigation facilities. We want to avoid donor dependency syndrome in our community by growing our own food.”
Assessing the situation in the district this weekend, Zanu PF National Chairperson, Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri who is also the Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs said the government is prioritising sustainable water solutions through the development of dams and irrigation schemes.
“As a government, we are channelling our focus on water availability through the construction of dams and irrigation support. I have noticed the efforts by the local community to harness water through weirs and we have been challenged to chip in and assist them. We now need to invest in smart technologies and solar-powered water pumps so that we make good use of this solar abundance.”
Meanwhile, the Marovanyati Dam which is now 95 per cent complete is expected to pioneer irrigation support in the district.
Minister Muchinguri was accompanied by the Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs and Devolution Dr Ellen Gwaradzimba.