By Mercy Bofu
VILLAGERS in Gutu Central have applauded the new dispensation led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa for prioritizing development in rural communities.
This follows the installation of boreholes in their areas, a development that will see them expanding their agriculture initiatives.
For years, villagers in Gutu Central had to bear the burden of walking several kilometres to access water, sometimes from unsafe sources.
Their fortunes are however set to change following the commissioning of four boreholes in a development that will enable the establishment of community gardens.
Villagers applauded the programme spearheaded by their area legislator, Honorable Winstone Chitando
Honourable Chitando said vision 2030 can only be achieved through creating strong rural economies hence the move to capacitate villagers to venture into commercial garlic production, among other initiatives.
“Rural empowerment is critical in ensuring vision 2030 become a success. Here in Gutu Central, we introduced commercial garlic farming and water challenges have been affecting other farmers so our target is to drill 10 boreholes for villages who have been disadvantaged,” said Honourable Chitando.
Gutu District has been faced with perennial water challenges, a situation that has prompted the government to come up with several initiatives to address the challenge.
The interventions include setting up irrigation facilities and construction of dams.
In 2018, a commercial garlic programme for export was launched in Gutu Central and the community has embraced the initiative.