Multi-million-dollar dam completed in Marondera

By Jerold Sasa

THE government’s accelerated irrigation rehabilitation and development programme has received a boost following the completion of a privately-owned multi-million-dollar dam in Marondera, which is set to increase agricultural production.

The dam, whose construction started in June 2021 at a cost of US$2 million with a capacity of three million cubic metres, is expected to boost agricultural production in the area by creating a green belt as well as increasing the area under irrigation and creating employment for more than a thousand workers.

The dam is one of the biggest privately-owned water bodies in the province and is located along Ruzawi River. It is a partnership between local companies who are into commercial farming.

Sambok Dam project manager Thomas Wood and director John Campbell

Project manager Thomas Wood said: “We want to create a green belt around this area in a development that will benefit local farmers.”

“This investment shows the confidence we have in the second republic as this investment is here to stay,” noted project director, John Campbell.

The development resonates well with vision 2030 as articulated under the National Development Strategy One, which seeks to put 350 000 hectares under irrigation countrywide using idle water bodies and dams under construction to propel the country towards food self-sufficiency.