BY ZBC Reporter
GOVERNMENT says it is expediting the finalisation of the Tugwi -Mukosi dam Master Plan to ensure irrigation begins within the next year.
Following its completion and subsequent official commissioning in 2017, expectations were high that the Tugwi-Mukosi dam would start being utilised given its strategic importance to the country’s food security.
However, concern remains high with the crafting and implementation of the master plan taking too long.
The Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement, Dr Anxious Masuka told ZBC News in Masvingo that the master plan is now being expedited to ensure that the water will be put to good use by next year.
“We think that we will be able to utilise that water by mid-next year. We are expediting that. The delays were unfortunate but we now have adopted a radical approach to dam construction at the stage of design we must also have a master plan so that we don’t start planning after the completion of the dam.”
Dr Masuka says the approach to climate-proof agriculture includes utilising irrigation, with 25 000 hectares expected to be irrigated using water from the Tugwi -Mukosi dam next year.
“The scheme is set to have 350 000 hectares of land brought under irrigation in the next 3 years so that we can produce at least 1, 5 million tonnes of cereals to feed the nation.”
Government is currently on a thrust to ensure that the 10 000 dams within Zimbabwe are effectively utilised for irrigation as the nation moves towards food self-sufficiency.