Siltation threatens Chibuwe Irrigation Scheme viability
Chibuwe Irrigation Scheme that has been in existence for almost 80 years now is being threatened by siltation along Save River thereby calling for urgent intervention measures.
Started in 1938, Chibuwe irrigation is the nerve centre sustaining lives of local farmers and the entire community in the area.
An agricultural activity is part of their lives as the irrigation has supported generations and the slight thought of it stopping operations would be catastrophic.
The farmers are appealing for dam scooping machinery to desilt the water body feeding Chibuwe Irrigation Scheme.
The benefits of the irrigation scheme are felt even by those from far and beyond who come to buy its many produce.
Human and wildlife conflict has also emerged as a concern as failure to control elephants in nearby conservancies is affecting irrigation operations with calls for stricter measures to control animals being raised.