Dams Losing Water Supply in Lowveld, Zimbabwe

Disaster looms in the Lowveld sugarcane industry with major dams that supply irrigation water to over 40 000 hectares of sugar cane in Chiredzi and Triangle reportedly left with less than two months’ supply of water.

Irrigation water supplies to cane plantations at Triangle and Hippo Valley will be disconnected on December 15 by Zinwa unless supply dams in the Mutirikwe/Tokwe river system get reasonable inflows.

Dams in the Mutirikwe/Tokwe river system, namely Lake Mutirikwi, Bangala and Muzhwi supply water to irrigate over 70 percent of the entire area under sugar cane in the Lowveld.


John Payne


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