Insukamini irrigation scheme a blessing for Lower Gweru community

Insukamini irrigation scheme a blessing for Lower Gweru community
By Zbc reporter
Insukamini irrigation scheme is proving to be a life changing development as 126 households in Lower Gweru are directly benefitting from proceeds accrued from the project.
Established in 1988, Insukhamini irrigation scheme is testimony that agriculture is the backbone of the economy.
Several families are making ends meet at this piece of land.
The Moyos are a happy couple who are living off the proceeds from the irrigation scheme. They have built a modest home with all the furniture one can find in any city.

The Moyos are a happy couple who are living off the proceeds from the irrigation scheme

“Since I joined this irrigation scheme in 2015, my life has never been the same again. As you can see we have managed to buy all this furniture in this house as we sell our produce to the city. I have two children and have managed to send them to school with money accrued from the activities at the scheme. One of my child is already at Bindura University and the other one is at a boarding school. They are currently on holiday after government declared the lockdown. I must say this has been a lifechanging experience indeed…” says farmer Ebina Moyo.
The irrigation scheme is like an oasis in a desert. Lower Gweru is prone to droughts and local farmers had failed to get something meaningful in their fields due to the el-nino induced drought. Their salvation now lies in the irrigation scheme.
The irrigation scheme is like an oasis in a desert.

“It’s a sad scenario that is obtaining on our fields at the moment. We have failed to have anything meaningful due to this drought. As you can see we only planted in the yard and failed to do anything meaningful in the fields. Look at the yield in the yard. We are most likely not to get anything meaningful. Our hope lies in the irrigation scheme……” says Peter Moyo.
The scheme draws water from the nearby Insukamini dam whose water levels have seriously diminished due to the el-nino induced drought and some activities upstream.
Stakeholders are now calling on government and development partners to consider drilling of boreholes for the survival of the scheme.

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