Zimbabwe Should Focus on Irrigation Schemes More for Food & Nutrition Security

Zimbabwe can sustainably and effectively feed herself and several food and nutrition insecure nations if the the country continues to produce more food under irrigation  while adopting Good Agriculture Practices in the face of rising climate induced food deficity and vulnerability.

Zimbabwe Should Focus on Irrigation Schemes More for Food & Nutrition Security

Zimbabwe can sustainably and effectively feed herself and several food and nutrition insecure nations if the the country continues to produce more food under irrigation  while adopting Good Agriculture Practices in the face of rising climate induced food deficity and vulnerability.

Speaking to famers at vavachari Irrigation Scheme in Mberengwa, in the Midlands, the Midlands Provincial Water Engineer, Eng. hingirirayi ano said that, "the Midlands Province rise by an additional 6 600ha in the last 5 years year across all irrigation sectors."

Eng. ano added that, "Poverty and food insecurity reduction, wealth creation and nutrition improvement are core Government goals. In line with the agenda 2030 Sustainable Development goals number 1 and 2 whose aim is to end all forms of hunger and poverty by 2030, Government continues to uphold the same through promoting sustainable agricultural practices: supporting small scale farmers and allowing equal access to land, technology and markets."

"Government has an establishment of over 42 communal irrigation schemes in the Midlands Province with more than 20000 households as beneficiaries. Currently, in this province, there are several irrigation programmes which are being implemented and these include, i. Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP), ii. Smallholder Irrigation Revitilisation Programme (IFAD), iii. More Food for Africa Brazil - Zimbabwe programme
iv. The Pedstock facilities, v. Other development partners" said Eng. Zano.

Eng. ano added that, "Government has put in place mechanisms for backstopping and capacitating irrigation farmers through training and management skills transfer and this has climaxed into this day we are gathered here."

As reflected in the theme for the day – Promoting Best Irrigated Agricultural Practices through Competitions. The 2019 National Irrigation competitions were entered into by thirty identified grouped communal and A1 functional Irrigation schemes in Midlands Province. The scheme we are gathered at here scooped the number one prize in the province and it also won the best female led in the province and nationally (second time in a row).

"The competition started at a district level, which saw Zvavachari winning the provincial although one of the schemes in the province then scooped the first prize ahead of them. These winners at district level competed for the provincial price and so today we are gathered as a province to interact and learn from each other so that we continue to improve Midlands’ agricultural production and productivity. Allow me to congratulate all schemes who managed to take part in this race." said Eng. Zano.

The theme of the event was "celebrating and creating bold sustainability in Midlands Irrigation Agriculture" withe the objectives  of:
• Acknowledge the achievements by Midlands Schemes
• Support and Celebrate the outstanding schemes in the province
• Promote crop production and increase food security
• Promote sustainable agriculture and generate awareness
• Recognising and rewarding innovation, hardworking and passion
• Promote economically viable agriculture and unlock the provinces agriculture potential

By Francis ingandadi Managing Editor AgriSeason