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    Government to introduce rice at Tokwe Mukorsi


    MORRIS BISHI
    CHIREDZI BUREAU

    CHIREDZI – Government is set to introduce the growing of rice at Tokwe Mukorsi and Manyuchi Dam as a way of saving foreign currency used to import rice from other countries.
    Rice will be grown as an irrigated crop at Tokwe Mukorsi and Manyuchi dams.
    The Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Dr Joseph Made told The Mirror in an interview at over the phone that rice has become one of the critical grains used in every household in the country and there is need for the country to start growing the crop seriously.
    He said the country is spending a lot of foreign currency importing rice while many areas like Masvingo`s lowveld are suitable for production of the crop on a big scale using water from Tokwe Mukorsi and Manyuchi Dams.
    "The President has asked us to move with speed on this matter. Consumption of rice has gone up tremendously in Zimbabwe and we are spending a lot of foreign currency in importing the grain. We need to put a cap on that.
    "We have 25 000 of land which will come under irrigation at Tokwe Mukorsi and we should utilise that opportunity and have irrigated rice fields. There are places which are suitable for rice production and the lowveld is one of them. A specialist from China will be training our people on rice production among the new crops to be considered at Tokwe Mukorsi," said Made.
    The other crop that would be grown there is sugarcane. The lowveld is already producing enough sugar for the country`s consumption with the surplus being exported.
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