Water har­vest­ing key to Vil­lage Com­mand Agric

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - NEWS - Ge­orge Maponga in Chivi

RU­RAL com­mu­ni­ties have been urged to com­ple­ment Gov­ern­ment’s Com­mand Agri­cul­ture by adopt­ing water har­vest­ing meth­ods so that they can con­tinue farm­ing af­ter the rainy season.

At the launch of Vil­lage Com­mand Agri­cul­ture at his home­stead in Chivi South yes­ter­day, Chivi Ru­ral Dis­trict Coun­cil chair Dr Killer Zivhu ex­horted ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties to take water har­vest­ing se­ri­ously.

‘’We must make sure that no drop of rain water goes to waste and the only way we can do that is by adopt­ing water har­vest­ing meth­ods,” he said.

“Wher­ever you are, make sure you har­vest water that you can use to ir­ri­gate your crops be­cause the weather is un­pre­dictable. We want to col­lect ev­ery drop of water that falls from the skies.

“If we adopt water har­vest­ing, the Com­mand Agri­cul­ture Scheme we will never fail and Zim­babwe will be­come a food ex­porter.’

“Com­mand Agri­cul­ture has to start at the vil­lage level, and if we are self-suf­fi­cient in terms of food at vil­lage level then our na­tion is okay be­cause we will be able to feed our­selves.”

Dr Zivhu said Zim­bab­weans were blessed to have Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe and First Lady Amai Grace Mu­gabe, say­ing the First Fam­ily was com­mit­ted to ex­tri­cat­ing Zim­bab­weans from poverty.

‘’Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe is the Moses of our times and we must stick by him no mat­ter what hap­pens,” said Dr Zivhu.

The Chivi RDC chair urged peo­ple to con­tinue ral­ly­ing be­hind Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe by over­whelm­ingly vot­ing for him in next year’s har­monised elec­tions.

Dr Zivhu pledged to do­nate ce­ment to vil­lagers through­out Chivi dis­trict who were in­ter­ested in con­struct­ing small dams to har­ness water for ir­ri­ga­tion.

He also said plans were afoot to build a Vil­lage Tourism Cen­tre that would show­case Zim­babwe’s tra­di­tional way of life to for­eign vis­i­tors that are ex­pected to flock to the area af­ter the re­cent com­ple­tion of Tokwe-Muko­rsi Dam.

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