Government has with support from cooperating partners embarked on the establishment of four irrigation schemes in the Gwembe District of  Southern Province .

The irrigation schemes are aimed at helping tackle the challenge of poor crop yields as a result of the adverse weather conditions in the valley area.

Gwembe District Commissioner, Timothy Siakaziba says works on the establishment of the irrigation schemes have already advanced with industrial boreholes having been sunk in the area.

Mr. Siakaziba has told ZANIS in Gwembe that experts are already on the ground working on the irrigation equipment which will utilize modern technology.

Mr. Siakaziba observed  that most of the areas in the hilly terrain of the district continue to face water challenges thereby affecting crop production.

He further explained that the areas that are targeted to benefit from the irrigation schemes are those that are worst prone to drought.

Meanwhile, the District Commissioner revealed that UNICEF has provided funds for the drilling of nine boreholes to help ease access to safe and clean drinking water by local communities and government institutions in the area.

He said the drillers are already on sight adding that schools and health facilities will also benefit.

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