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    6 Buhera dams handed over to Gov

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    BUHERA- A consortium of non-governmental organisations has handed over six weirs constructed in Buhera District at a total cost of $5.6 million  to the Minister of State for Manicaland, Dr Ellen Gwaradzimba.
    The handover was done by Richard Mdou at Tarwira irrigation scheme in Ward 19 Buhera Central two weeks ago.
    The weirs  are Tarwira Weir and irrigation, Gurupa Weir and irrigation, Nyahode Weir and irrigation, Mandiri Weir and irrigation, Manyanga Weir and irrigation and Chinyamazizi Weir without an irrigation scheme and these are found in  25, 27, 26, 17, 19 and 29 respectively.
    Construction of the weirs has been taking place under a US$5,6m project where 39 dams and weirs are to be constructed in Masvingo and Manicaland provinces between 2013 and 2020.
    He also said that for the 39 dams they constructed for three districts in Manicaland and three in Masvingo, they used about $5.6million and of the 39, Manicaland province has 18 weirs.
    Dr Gwaradzimba hailed the NGOs involved in the project and said that the weirs will go a long way in alleviating food problems for the people of Buhera which is a semi-arid region. She said irrigation schemes must be embarked upon at all the weirs.
    Some of the NGOs involved in the project are Ensure, World Vision, CARE, SNV, Safire, Offid and USAID.
    Richard Ndou, the Chief of Party said the program ran since 2013 and is ending in 2020 and they were operating in Buhera’s eight wards which are 25, 27, 26, 11, 12, 17, 19 and 29.
    “We should utilize the resources that have been granted to us by our partners and we need to work hard to sustain them. Take advantage of these irrigation schemes for our food security because Buhera can only thrive on irrigation due to low rainfall. It is the only way to go,” said Dr Gwaradzimba.
    Apart from the dams the consortium also introduced villagers to supplementary feeding programmes, care group models, male advocates, social analysis and action, water sanitation and hygiene, producer and marketing groups, village savings, irrigation schemes, nutrition gardens, purchase for progress and small livestock production.
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