About 12 million dollars (about 768 million meticais) are already available for the construction and rehabilitation works of two irrigation ponds in the districts of Búzi and Chemba, in Sofala province.
The infrastructures will cover an area of approximately 1 400 hectares and encompass more than 2 500 family farmers. According to the Secretary of State in Sofala, Stella Zeca, the works should start between next August and September and it is expected that they will boost the production and productivity of food crops.
Among the infrastructures contemplated in the project, according to the source, five had been destroyed, in Búzi district, during the passage of tropical cyclone Idai, in March 2019 and the remaining two will be erected in Chemba.
This is an initiative framed within the Small-Scale Irrigation and Market Connection Project (IRRIGA) that, as defended the governor, requires for its implementation the need to think in a strategic and coordinated way.
Speaking at the end of a working visit to the Provincial Services of Economic Activities, Stella Zeca pointed out that “there are several funding initiatives, but sometimes, several projects are not interconnected so that there is complementarity and other times there is redundancy in relation to the locations and type of activity”.
He exemplified that, during the passage of tropical cyclone Idai, all the irrigation systems were destroyed, forcing producers to depend on rain-fed agriculture. He underlined the existence of a great challenge in the project, in what concerns monitoring the works in order to finish them in a timely manner, so as to benefit the producers of the family sector.
At this moment, the project is benefiting from the rehabilitation and expansion works of its offices located in the Porto da Beira area, in a project valued at more than 11 million meticals and whose conclusion term is fixed for this year.
With this initiative, it is intended to substantially improve working conditions in the fight against climate change, and agriculture can not only depend on rainfall, but must take advantage of mechanisms for utilization of watersheds.