200ha to be put un­der ir­ri­ga­tion in Kanyemba

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Fun­gai Lu­pande Mashona­land Cen­tral Bu­reau Mashona­land West Bu­reau

THE Min­istry of Lands, Agri­cul­ture, Wa­ter, Cli­mate and Ru­ral Re­set­tle­ment’s Ir­ri­ga­tion De­part­ment in Mashona­land Cen­tral has started de­vel­op­ing 200 hectares of com­mu­nal land to put it un­der ir­ri­ga­tion in Kanyemba area in Mbire District.

Sub­mit­ting his re­port in Kanyemba re­cently, the act­ing pro­vin­cial ir­ri­ga­tion en­gi­neer, En­gi­neer Bless­ward Chandiringa, said they have iden­ti­fied the land and are plan­ning to draw wa­ter for ir­ri­ga­tion from the Zam­bezi River.

“We re­quire about 11km of main­line of about 600mm to reach the 200 hectare block from Zam­bezi River,” he said.

“We in­tend to put 10 cen­tre piv­ots on the land.

“The com­mu­nity built their houses on top of the hills over­look­ing their fields. CHINHOYI Mu­nic­i­pal­ity has em­barked on a $1,4 mil­lion road con­struc­tion and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gramme that will see the tar­ring of some dust roads in new res­i­den­tial ar­eas.

The project is be­ing funded through the Road Fund ad­min­is­tered by the Zim­babwe Na­tional Road Ad­min­is­tra­tion (Zi­nara) and will cover about 14 kilo­me­tres.

“This is an op­por­tu­nity to de­velop drip ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem at each home­stead with­out dis­turb­ing their liv­ing set-up. We will build reser­voir tanks and they will be able to chan­nel the wa­ter into their fields.

“This will cre­ate small ir­ri­ga­tion schemes per house­hold. The height above sea level is 120 me­tres and our power re­quire­ment is 500kva to be able to reach the 200 hectares of com­mu­nal land.

“The Min­istry of Lands, Agri­cul­ture, Wa­ter, Cli­mate and Ru­ral Re­set­tle­ment will en­gage De­part­ment of Re­search and Spe­cial­ist Ser­vices for soil to­po­graphic sur­veys on the com­mu­nal side.

“We are putting to­gether some pre­lim­i­nary facts to en­able us to en­gage con­sul­tancy to con­duct a fea­si­bil­ity study on the com­mer­cial ir­ri­ga­tion scheme which is un­der 10 000 hectares.”

Ru­ral Elec­tri­fi­ca­tion Agency (REA)’s En­gi­neer Do­minic Muh­wati said Kanyemba was 250km away from Mushumbi and 160km away from Mana Pools, hin­der­ing con­nec­tion of elec­tric­ity from those two places.

He said the op­tions were get­ting power through so­lar or im­port­ing from Zam­bia.

“Through fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies, we found out that their volt­age is 11kva, which is not suf­fi­cient to match the mas­sive de­vel­op­ment re­quired here.

“Con­sul­ta­tions with Zam­bia are fruit­ful, but their power line is still 15km away, they are cur­rently us­ing a gen­er­a­tor. As REA we are ready.”

Act­ing pro­vin­cial town plan­ning of­fi­cer Mr Enock Zun­gula said Kanyemba ru­ral ser­vice cen­tre of­fers var­i­ous in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing hous­ing, en­ergy sup­ply and trans­porta­tion, among oth­ers.

“De­vel­op­ment has been slow over the year, with fish­ing camps as the only de­vel­op­ment,” he said.

“This called for a multi-sec­toral ap­proach to de­velop the cen­tre.

“The Zam­bezi River can be tapped for var­i­ous de­vel­op­ment needs, with the bor­der post as cen­tre of trade.

“There is a pres­ence of unique wildlife and mass graves in the area, which makes it very at­trac­tive.

“Harare-Kanyemba Road will be­come the short­est cor­ri­dor to cen­tral Africa.

“It also has sev­eral aero­dromes, which need some touch-ups. A more mod­ern set­tle­ment and cen­tral busi­ness cen­tre is also en­vi­sioned.”

Mr El­ton Saruchera from the roads de­part­ment said they have started con­struct­ing 10km of Mahuhwe-Kanyemba Road.

and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion which started on Oc­to­ber 1.

“The project was funded to the tune of $1, 364 367 from the Road Fund ad­min­is­tered by Zi­nara.

“The project is ex­pected to run for about nine weeks and coun­cil will pro­vide equip­ment, in­clud­ing a dozer and tip­per trucks in the ex­ca­va­tion of gravel, fu­elling and guar­an­teed wa­ter sup­plies.”

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