A cooperative in Sinazongwe district in Southern Province has appealed to Government to buy them a water pump to save the affected farmers from failing to cultivate their winter
crops this year.
Buleya Malima Irrigation Scheme Chairperson Peter Munakacheka told
ZANIS in an interview today that the cooperative has only remained
with one water pump because the other one is damaged.
Mr. Munakacheka said one pumping machine is not enough to pump water
to the 71 hectares of the irrigation Scheme.
He said the farmers have no money to buy the pumping machine which is
valued at K22 million.
The Chairperson said many farmers will fail to cultivate this year, if
the damaged water pump is not replaced.
He also said said most crops cultivated using the irrigation scheme
includes, maize, okra, and vegetables which have contributed to
uplifting the living standards of many people in Buleya Malima.
Government rehabilitated the Buleya Malima Irrigation Scheme at the
cost of K2.3 billion in 2006 and it is the biggest in Sinazongwe
[ ZANIS ]