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MASVINGO- Banga Irrigation Scheme in Chivi South Constituency in Headman Machona area under Chief Madzivire is expected to produce 70 tonnes of wheat from a 20,7hactres put under irrigation this winter.

The wheat which was planted in May has almost reached harvesting stage with each hactare expected to produce between 3,5-4 tonnes.

Speaking during a field day held at Banga Irrigation last week, the scheme’s chairperson Munogwei Mateza said their project is a true testimony of the of Pfumvudza/Intwasa Programme’s success.

“This irrigation was formed in 1972 with only 15 farmers working on a 10ha piece of land and was later extended in 1985 to 62hactres which we have today. But before the Presidential Winter Wheat Inputs Scheme and Small Holder Irrigation Revitalization Programme (SIRP) we were not produce much. We were taught new farming methods under these programs and today we are happy to be one of the most outstanding and recognized schemes in this part of the Province. Banga is divided into three blocks with 20,7ha under wheat farming and we are still deciding on what to do with remaining land.  We have also managed to raise USD$4,648 and 4,689 Rand which we save with Agri-bank from irrigation projects. These are part of the benefits we have gained so far through the new Banga Irrigation Scheme” said Mateza.

The Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Ezra Chadzamira was the guest of honour at the field day which also graced by other farmers form the district and several Government officials.

 Minister Chadzamira encouraged all irrigation schemes in the Province to embark on block system and adopt hydrants and horses to save water and to produce more yields per hectare.

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