Thousands of villagers in the drought -stricken district of Buhera are set to benefit from irrigation schemes following the completion of Marovanyati Dam. The completion of the dam has seen the installation of pipes that will channel water to irrigation projects in Murambinda.
Speaking during a tour of the dam on Wednesday, Buhera’s district development coordinator Mr Freeman Mavhiza said the development is expected to boost food security and household income in the drought-stricken district.
“We thank the Government for this dam, which has brought relief to thousands of people who are now expected to benefit through irrigation since water is now readily available. We understand that communities which practise irrigation will never succumb to hunger,” he said.
Buhera communities applauded the Government and its development partners’ efforts in bringing development to their area.
Mr Taurai Gwavava from Tangwena Village said apart from irrigation projects, the dam was going to create other opportunities for the communities such as fishing.
“People are now venturing into fishing and some are selling them around the country, meaning they are generating income,” he said.