By Kenias Chivuzhe
FOUR hundred families in Makoni District are set to benefit from solar powered irrigation projects being spearheaded by the Headlands Small Scale Farmers Association in partnership with government and private players.
In line with the vision to promote productivity in the agriculture sector, the Headlands Small Scale Farmers Association, with support from government has entered into a partnership with private players in a move which will see 400 families benefiting from solar powered boreholes.
The local community is excited after the commissioning of the life changing project by the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Senator Monica Mutsvangwa in Headlands this Tuesday.
“I have already benefited from the borehole drilling project. With availability, I will expand my field as I target cash crops and the export makert,” said a community member.
Headlands Small Scale Farmers Association Chairperson Innocent Magutakuona spoke on the vision and scope of the initiative.
” This project targets 1250 hectares and so far, 10 farmers has seen boreholes being drilled at their homesteads or fields out of the targeted 100. Other farmers will benefit from water being drawn from a number of water bodies in the district while 50 boreholes are going to be flushed. This is happening as a result of President Mnangagwa’s vision,” he said.
Zanu PF Manicaland Provincial Chairperson Cde Mike Madiro says the initiative will consolidate Makoni’s position as the bread basket of the province through improved yields.
“Makoni is the bread basket of Manicaland and it can only consolidate its position through irrigation development. In the face of climate change this is very encouraging and speaks to our government’s vision on development,” said Madiro.
The Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Senator Monica Mutsvangwa commended the private sector for partnering rural farmers, adding that government prioritises agricultural support due to its strategic impact on the economy.
“This is a huge project that should be spread to other districts. This project is in line with the government drive to promote agriculture productivity. Government is building a lot of dams after a realisation that climate change is impacting negatively on agriculture productivity. When the agriculture sector sneeze, the economy catches the cold. Irrigations are a panacea to climate change impact on the agriculture sector. Four hundred families benefiting from this project is a milestone achievement in the district,” she said.
The commissioning of the solar powered irrigation schemes came with the launch of other projects where locals will benefit through the distribution of 200 incubators to promote poultry projects.