The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Satur­day, Novem­ber 23, 1991 — The peo­ple of Mata­bele­land must use good soil con­ser­va­tion meth­ods to pre­serve dams in the drought-stricken prov­ince.

The call was made by the Min­is­ter of En­ergy and Water Re­sources and De­vel­op­ment, Cde He­bert Ushe­wokunze, yes­ter­day at the of­fi­cial open­ing of the $1,82 mil­lion Tshon­gokwe Dam and ir­ri­ga­tion scheme in Jot­sholo. Cde Ushe­wokunze urged peo­ple in the prov­ince to make ben­e­fi­cial use of water and added that he hoped that the 60 plothold­ers in the Tshon­gokwe area would fully utilise the water to ir­ri­gate their plots and get good har­vests.

He said the main prob­lem was that once a dam is built peo­ple never both­ered to pre­serve it re­sult­ing in se­ri­ous sil­ta­tion.

“In re­al­i­sa­tion of the dire need to pro­vide water to the peo­ple in the com­mu­nal ar­eas of the coun­try, my Min­istry in­ten­si­fied ef­forts in the de­vel­op­ment of dams in the com­mu­nal ar­eas to ar­rest and utilise the sur­face water run off.”

You will ap­pre­ci­ate that my min­istry is mak­ing tremen­dous ef­fort with its lim­ited staff and fi­nan­cial re­sources to pro­vide water to the peo­ple in the com­mu­nal lands and ur­ban ar­eas by con­struct­ing dams, sink­ing bore­holes and pro­vid­ing piped water sup­plies”, said Cde Ushe­wokunze.

He added that he hoped that in fu­ture the Govern­ment would al­lo­cate his min­istry more money to en­able it to ful­fil its goal of pro­vid­ing water to peo­ple in the com­mu­nal lands.

Dur­ing the tour of the 24-hectare ir­ri­ga­tion scheme, Cde Mthokozisi Dlamini, an Agri­tex of­fi­cial work­ing with the plothold­ers told the min­is­ter that each farmer had 0,4 hectares plot.

He said the plothold­ers had trans­port prob­lems, which are hin­der­ing the de­liv­ery of their pro­duce to mar­kets in Bu­l­awayo, Hwange, Dete and Ka­ma­tivi.

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