CHIVHU – President Emmerson Mnangagwa will construct a dam and a large irrigation scheme complete with a center pivot at the home of the late national hero and Air Chief Marshal (Retired) Perrance Shiri’s parents in Chikomba District.
The project will be completed in the next three seasons and a total of 20 hectares will be fenced off and irrigated.
Mnangagwa said this on Saturday when he spoke at the memorial service of Shiri held at Mutekedza Village under Chief Mutekedza. Shiri who was the Minister of Lands, Agriculture Water and Rural Resettlement at the time of his death succumbed to Covid19 related ailments in July last year.
The project which will be carried out under a national programme where Government wants to place 400 000 hectares of land under irrigation was not only to honour Shiri but fulfill one of his wishes of establishing an irrigation scheme at his place of birth. Shiri was born in Chikomba but later moved to Mash Central where he ran a commercial farm.
Mnangagwa said the country will say good bye to food imports once this the national irrigation project is completed.
“The late Shiri loved both Mash Central and his Mash East home province. He wanted to uplift the provinces and I know he was in the process of building seven schools with his friend Vice President Constantino Chiwenga.
“He once told me that he wanted to set an irrigation scheme here and this could not happen due to God’s time,” he said.
A family representative Limrot Chikara thanked Mnangagwa for bringing Infrastructure development to the village.