Zimbabwe Can Produce More Food Through Irrigation

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Zimbabwe is blessed with extensive irrigable landmass; several water bodies, perennial riverine systems, swamps, dams, streams and rivulets and even ground water that is generally underutilized for irrigation purposes to produce food for a growing population and the export market.

Zimbabwe also has expanses of fertile land that can be irrigated for fodder, cereal, dairy, horticulture, or timber but not much is happening in the direction.

Years of drought and underperformance of the agricultural sector in the country now makes the efforts to shift from rain fed agriculture not an option but the only way to go particularly in empty good soils in the dry areas of the country.

Gweru based Zambezi Bulk Drilling has observed that the growing climate change reality and the resultant years of successive droughts have made it very difficult for farmers to get enough water for irrigation.

Speaking with the AgriSeason in Gweru recently, Mr. Tafadzwa Mutungwazi of Zambezi Bulk Drilling, said that rain fed agriculture is no longer sustainable and that farmers should ensure that they have enough water for them to grow their crops and water their animals from sustainable sources like boreholes.

Mr. Mutungwazi said that many farmers around Kwekwe and other drier parts in the country should consider having their boreholes drilled to 60 meters rather than the usual 40 meters in order to harvest enough water for their requirements.

Farmers in lower Gweru and surrounding areas can still get enough water even with 40 meters boreholes as there is enough ground water in these areas.

Zambezi Bulk Drilling assist farmers and clients with borehole drilling and casing solutions. The company also does capacity tests of the water source to ensure that they provide adequate advisory for the requisite pumping requirements, the available water body and water retention.

Zambezi Bulk Drilling also does installations of solar, electrical, bush pumps, tank and tank stands for clients in any part of the country.

Zimbabwe needs to explore cost effective solutions to increase food productivity through irrigation and take advantage of developments in irrigation technologies and expertise in the country.

By Francis Bingandadi Managing Editor AgriSeason

 

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