New dam transforms agriculture in Marondera

By Jerold Sasa

THE completion of the Sambok Dam in Marondera is already benefiting the local community with the nearby farm having increased the area under wheat by 250 hectares this season.

The dam, whose construction started in June last year and took just six months to complete at a cost of US$2million, has resulted in the farm increasing the area under wheat production from 60 hectares last season to 300 hectares this season.  

The Sambok Dam, which is one of the biggest privately owned water bodies in the province, is located along Ruzawi River and has spilled just four months after its completion.

“We are happy that the dam has spilled in its first season which shows that our investment was worth it and we have now increased our winter wheat hectarage this season,” said Thomas Wood, Sambok Farm manager.

The dam has capacity to hold 3 million cubic metres of water and resonates well with President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s vision of an upper middle in-come society by 2030.

Under the country’s economic blue print, the National Development Strategy One, Zimbabwe seeks to put 350 000 hectares under irrigation countrywide, hence a deliberate effort to construct new and rehabilitate various dams and irrigation schemes countrywide.