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Govt underfunding irrigation sector Mugabe


MASVINGO President Robert Mugabe has admitted his previous Zanu PF regime had been underfunding the irrigation sector since independence, leading to perpetual food shortages especially during droughts.

Speaking at World Water Day commemorations at the Great Zimbabwe Hotel yesterday, Mugabe said Zimbabwe was sitting on vast water reservoirs which it was failing to harness for irrigation due to lack of capital to fund small-scale irrigation schemes.

Zimbabwe has abundant water resources, but, unfortunately, a lot of the water goes unused. Although we created massive water bodies, we failed to secure money for irrigation schemes.There are examples, like Osborne Dam in Mutare.

There have been attempts but by the end of the day, the cities, the communities remain inadequately served.

It is very critical to exploit the countrys water bodies and increase the countrys irrigation potential.

Of late, we were having more droughts due to worrying weather cycles which cry for our attention. There is hardly a year that comes without droughts in some place in the country, he said.

Mugabe said the country still had a lot of ground to cover to create irrigation based-agriculture.

We still have to battle and battle in this area of need to bring satisfaction to the people, he said.

He, however, challenged the communities to embrace good agricultural practices to prevent siltation of the countrys water bodies.

Cabinet ministers from all political parties in the inclusive government graced the occasion.lDo you have a comment?

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