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Accelerate establishment of irrigation schemes.

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Completion of the Marovanyathi Dam in Buhera District, Maniclaland.

Sunday Mail


Sept. 6, 2020

Marovanyathi Dam in Buhera District, Manicaland, which President Mnangagwa promised to the community in May 2018, has been completed and will be commissioned “anytime soon”.

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Investment of US$ 150M into Dam Projects

Sunday Mail


Sept. 23, 2018

Despite limited outlays for capital projects from Treasury, Government is plowing ahead with the construction of three key dams – Gwayi-Shangani Dam (Matabeleland North), Sengwa (Mashonaland Central) and Marowanyati Dam (Manicaland) – with the latter project, which is now 78 percent complete, expected to begin impounding water in the current rain season.

Commissioning of the US$ 15m Nyakomba Irrigation Scheme



March 31, 2020

The government of Zimbabwe through President Mnangagwa has commissioned the Nyakomba Irrigation Scheme which aims to increase productivity.The project started in 2015 and was funded to the tune of US $15m under the Japanese Grant Aid.

Signing of an agricultural cooperation agreement between the Zimbabwe government and China's Lesso Group.



Dec. 30, 2019

Zimbabwe and China Lesso Group yesterday signed an agricultural cooperation agreement under which 12,800 hectares will be put under irrigation for the production of over 60 000 tonnes of maize each season.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Mr Bwenje Clemence Taderera, the acting chief director (for) strategic planning and business development in the Ministry of Agriculture and Mr Yi Biao Luo, the general manager of China Lesso Group.

Installation of Irrigation equipment



Dec. 4, 2019

Installation of 8×40-hectare centre pivot irrigation units under the Irrigation Development Project has been completed;
Two of the three contracts on solar power generation and pumping stations have been signed for the Kanyemba Irrigation Scheme

Public Private Partnership (PPP) with Maka a local farm equipment manufacturer



Sept. 10, 2019

Government, in partnership with a local farm equipment manufacturer, Maka, is targeting to put at least 100 000 hectares of land under irrigation to boost food security,  a Cabinet Minister said last week.Development of irrigation schemes country-wide is part of government’s  overall aim to ensure the country’s food security through reducing  reliance on rain fed agriculture.

With over 70 percent of Zimbabweans living off agriculture, there have been calls for the government to invest more in irrigation to increase agricultural production.

Government through Agri-bank has secured a US$10 million facility to finance irrigation



July 17, 2019

Government, through Agribank, has secured a US$10,5 million facility for irrigation equipment and machinery under the Pedstock Centre Pivots Irrigation Facility (Phase 2) from Spain, which will benefit both large and small-scale farmers, as the country moves to improve productivity.