No money for irrigation — Minister

THE government has no capacity to resuscitate dilapidated irrigation schemes in the country due to lack of funds, a deputy minister said yesterday.

Report by Own correspondent

Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development deputy minister Seiso Moyo told NewsDay that the government was calling on banks and private investors to invest in irrigation development to help resuscitate schemes that were in a dilapidated state.

“We are looking for ways that will help us to rejuvenate agriculture in the country. We have experienced low rainfalls due to climate change,” Moyo said.

“This has driven the government to consider introducing an irrigation development fund as the best solution at the moment.”
Moyo said the new development would guarantee the rejuvenation of agriculture.

He said the government was supporting irrigation schemes in Matabeleland South such as those at  Chikwarakwara, Shashe and Mangwe areas.

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