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    Good rains expected this year - Marapira


    BIKITA –
    Zimbabwe is expected to get normal rainfall this year because the effects of El Nino will be replaced by La Nino, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture Crop Production and Irrigation Development, Davis Marapira has said.
    Marapira said this during a field day held recently in Ward 10 in Bikita. He said the situation has been predicted by meteorologists. He said the meteorologists predicted drought last year after observing the presence of El Nino and this year they have observed the presence of La Nino that has the opposite effect.
    Marapira promised Rozva irrigation scheme a new coffer dam. A coffer dam is a temporary structure but holds water.
    Rozva irrigation has less than 20% cultivated land due to the problem of water supply, leaking pipes and an old fence.
    "I am going to make sure that you get a new coffer dam, the new pipes and the fence we are building are so that you rope new people who are not already in the scheme." said Marapira.
    He said Government is introducing command agriculture where agriculture extension workers will be on farmers' backs to ensure that that maximum production is made.
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