Conflict Transformation and leadership Training Key for Irrigation Scheme Productivity
The Centre for Conflict Management and Transformation (CCMT), has assisted several organizations and communities including irrigation schemes streamline development that had been failing to take off due to several conflicts
The Centre for Conflict Management and Transformation (CCMT), has assisted several organizations and communities including irrigation schemes streamline development that had been failing to take off due to several conflicts.
In the Midlands province the CCMT, has assisted irrigation schemes in Gweru and Mberengwa to manage disputes and conflicts ampong members, between irrigation schemes and their stakeholder including Government institutions.
The organisation has assisted irrigation farmers operate optimally for them to contribute to the national food and nutritional security while improving their livelihoods and income security.
Speaking to the AgriSeason after a Conflict Transformation and leadership Training Workshop in Gweru for agriculture extension workers and supervisors from the Agritex depertment, the Department of Irrigation and the Department of Mechanisation, the CCMT Project Officer Mrs. Margaret Chaikosa said that her organization helped irrigation farmers resolve and manage disputes to do with the use of farme equipment, cropping calenders, management of farm equipment and tools, payment of bills and management or misuse of irrigation scheme funds among other disputes.
Mrs. Chaikosa said that many irrigation schemes have been assisted by her organization establish functional Irrigation Management Committees (IMCs), mnagement of stakeholder relations, farmer training, and management and strengthening of irrigation management protocols.
The Conflict Transformation and Leadership Training Workshop helped the target officers develop and strengthen symbiotic inter-departmental cooperation and build cohession and contribution to the growth of irrigation schemes.
The three departments are currently locked in disputes on who does what or control what at irrigation schemes to the detriment of production abnd growth of irrigation schemes in the country.