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IN pursuit of inclusive development, the Second Republic will persistently and consistently focus on high-impact and result-based community projects such as provision of water, President Mnangagwa said.

Speaking at the commissioning of the Muchekeranwa Dam yesterday, a project which also comes with the Presidential Community Fisheries Scheme, an irrigation project, and the construction of the Muchekeranwa-Wenimbi pipeline in Mashonaland East Province, the President said the improvement of water security for communities across provinces remains a top priority.

Since assuming power in 2017, President Mnangagwa has been vigorously pursuing pragmatic policies to transform the lives of people and achieve Vision 2030.

Muchekeranwa Dam,at the boundary of Makoni and Marondera districts in Manicaland and Mashonaland East provinces is one of the many Government-funded dam projects that include the long-awaited Kunzvi Dam located north of Harare, Mutange in Gokwe, Gwayi-Shangani in Matabeleland North, Chivhu Dam in Mashonaland East and Marowanyati Dam in Buhera, Manicaland.

Such initiatives, that are taking shape across the country, will ensure that Zimbabwe is climate-proofed against droughts and thus eliminate the importation of food in two years as well as feed the rapid industrialisation that is taking place around the country.

The President introduces fingerlings into the dam.

In his address, the President said provinces should use resources abundant in their communities to pursue developmental goals and improve their gross domestic product (GDP).

“The dam gives impetus to the development of related water and irrigation infrastructure to trigger agriculture growth, increased production, productivity, and profitability. Beneficiary communities, especially youth and women, should harness the immense potential of the dam to venture into diverse agriculture projects, in cropping, animal husbandry, fisheries, and tourism. “Going forward, high impact and result-based community projects will continue to be implemented by my Government as we accelerate development that leaves no one behind. This includes the establishment of vibrant rural industry structures and systems anchored on the maximum utilisation of the land. Over and above this, increased agriculture mechanisation, building community resilience, and addressing the effects of climate change remains my Government’s key priority areas,”

he said.

Although the construction of the dam was mooted some years ago, it only began to take shape with the advent of the Second Republic in 2017, which is championing the development of communities mostly using local companies.

The dam, which has the potential to irrigate 2 250 hectares with a capacity of 75 million cubic metres of water, is a joint venture between Chinese company Nanchang Engineering and a local company, Multiforce Contractors.

Its commissioning will open avenues for communities around the area and beyond to access water for irrigation, fisheries, and also domestic use.

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