Masvingo — Mushandike Dam has spilled for the primary time in over 20 years elevating hopes of the approaching revival of Mushandike Irrigation Scheme which collapsed after the reservoir dried up two years in the past.
Mushandike, the largest irrigation scheme in Masvingo straddling over 800 hectares collapsed in August 2018 after its sole supply of water domiciled in Mushandike Recreation Park dried up.
The drying up of the 38 megalitres-capacity dam pressured plotholders to shift to dryland farming, ridding communities in Charumbira communal lands of a dependable supply of earnings and meals safety.
That’s now set to vary with the spilling of Mushandike Dam after above regular rains in Masvingo.
“Our plotholders at Mushandike are absolutely thrilled as a result of they’ll now be capable to develop crops that generate money for them reminiscent of sugar beans, wheat, chilli and potatoes which, is a boon for the native financial system.These crops couldn’t be grown below dry land,” stated Agritex Mushandike supervisor Mr Callisto Mukarati.
He famous that the filling up of Mushandike Dam would restore the financial fortunes of villagers in Charumbira, elements of Chivi and Sipambi who relied on the irrigation scheme for earnings.
“The final time this dam (Mushandike) spilled was in 2000 in the course of the days of Cyclone Eline.There’s a sense of reduction that it has now spilled once more which is ominous by way of ongoing plans to revive the scheme.”
Below dryland, plotholders had trimmed the sizes of their plots below crops from the extraordinary 1ha to solely 0.2 which damage them financially and by way of meals safety.
Mushandike scheme was the largest producer of wheat in Masvingo and was a key supply of recent produce for the traditional metropolis of Masvingo earlier than its spectacular collapse practically three years in the past.