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Zimbabwe: Invest in Irrigation, Seed Co Urges Govt

The seed industry has implored Government to invest more in irrigation development and mechanisation to ensure consistent agricultural production throughout the year.

This comes at a time when Government has introduced the multi-million-dollar Command Agriculture programme aimed at boosting agricultural yields.

Zimbabwe has an estimated 206 000 hectares of agricultural land under irrigation, but irrigable land has to be doubled to ensure food security even in cases of low rainfall.

"Irrigation is needed to supplement rain water to raise crops in the dry part of the season," said Seed Co Zimbabwe managing director Mr Denias Zaranyika during a tour by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Lands, Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development at Rattray Arnold Research Station recently.

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