US$35 million Zhovhe Water Project works on course

By ZBC Reporter

THE Government says the technical and pre-commencement works towards implementation of the US$35 million Zhovhe Water Project will be completed in the next six weeks.

Speaking after touring the project, Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Resettlement Minister Dr Anxious Masuka said the development includes a 2500-hectare irrigation project and a 63 km water canal from Zhovhe dam to Beitbridge, which will also supply commercial farmers with irrigation water on its course to the border town.

Dr Masuka said the project was part of the government’s vision to fully utilise all water bodies to boost agriculture production across the country, adding that the coordinating team must give priority to the project.

“To enable the vision 2030 agriculture is at the centre to do so irrigation and water development must be accelerated in this context we have 350 000 ha for the next 3 seasons Zhovhe dam has been idle for 25years.”

Currently, the Zhovhe dam is being used to irrigate the Toppick Farm Fisheries by communal farmers and is expected to be used by Schweppes who intend to set up a 4000-hectare citrus plantation in the area.

The new irrigation projects are set to transform the semi-arid region of Beitbridge into a greenbelt.