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Communities in Mushaya village in Zaka and surrounding areas are expected to finally start benefitting from an irrigation project whose idea was first mooted 30 years ago but never kicked off due to cash constraints.

Zaka is among areas that experience constant food shortages due to high temperatures and low rainfall patterns.

For villagers in Mushaya and surrounding areas which are close to Bangala dam, the site of the dam has always brought torment as they could not benefit much from the water body to alleviate their perennial food shortages.

An irrigation plan has been on the shelf for the past 30 years, but that is set to change now, as work to implement the plan is expected to begin in the next few weeks.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture, responsible for cropping, Cde Davis Marapira said officials from his ministry have been on the ground for the past two weeks planning for the construction of the pipeworks .

The work is expected to be completed within the next three months.

Zaka West member of the national assembly, Cde Vincent Mawere said the implementation of the irrigation scheme will put villagers in a position to be self sufficient in terms of food supply.

Villagers in Mushaya are also optimistic about the future, once irrigation starts.

Apart from growing the staple maize crop, villagers are also expected to grow cash crops like paprika.

An estimated US$300 000 will be used in the implementation of the project.

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