Revival of Shurugwi dams excites villagers

By Courage Bushe

The people of Dombwe Village in Shurugwi are excited about government’s revival of water bodies in the area, saying the move will help communities’ embark on agricultural projects to improve food security and enhance livelihoods.

Speaking to ZBC news during the commissioning of Chinave and Masvosve dams in Dombwe village on Sunday, villagers expressed joy over plans to rehabilitate dams to support irrigation projects.

We are so happy with this development by our leaders. We are so overjoyed at the fact that we can now maintain our gardens and water them,” said one villager.

“The increase in water is going to enrich our lives through various projects that we shall now be able to undertake such as nutritional gardens soon to be revived,” said another.

Shurugwi North legislator Honourable Ronald Nyathi said the de-silting of dams will breathe life into struggling irrigation schemes and transform livelihoods.

“Looking at the President’s thrust of an upper-middle-income economy by 2030, we are looking at dams being able to change the lives of people through providing sources for irrigation,” he said.

The de-silting programme is part of a raft of interventions government is putting in place to mitigate the effects of climate change and food insecurities.

Improving the country’s agricultural sector through irrigation schemes is among the government’s top priorities as the country makes strides in countering the effects of climate change.

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