Binga District Achieves Food Security

Food security is becoming a reality for Binga District in Matabeleland North Province, thanks to a newly established 20-hectare irrigation scheme and horticulture gardens.

The transformative project, including the expansive Bulawayo Kraal Irrigation Scheme, is set to significantly enhance food security in Binga. The 64-member Saba Green Valley Irrigation Scheme showcases thriving crops of sugar beans and wheat at various stages of maturity.

“Food has been a challenge in this area, but the coming in of this scheme has changed the narrative. We can now feed ourselves,” said one of the scheme members. Another member added, “From this scheme, we can now even have money for school fees and other developments at home.”

The traditional leadership supports the scheme’s potential benefits, acknowledging the crucial government support. Saba Green Valley Irrigation Scheme’s chairperson, Mr. Molinah Mudimba, expressed gratitude, stating, “We thank the government and its partners for this project. This is now a green valley, and we can grow crops year-round. Our lives will not be the same again.”

Chief Saba, Mr. Charles Mudenda, highlighted the broader impact, saying, “This scheme will certainly help improve food security in this area. When people have food, there is always peace. Even the crime rate will go down as people have something to do. This scheme has also contributed to employing local people.”

The scheme operates entirely on solar power and draws water from the Mlibizi River, located 10 kilometers away. It features modern irrigation equipment, including a solar-powered center pivot and drip irrigation system.

“The irrigation scheme aims to upgrade and climate-proof existing systems to ensure they are sustainable in the face of a changing climate and cater to the social and economic needs of the growing population,” explained UNDP’s communications officer, Mr. Anesu Freddy.

This initiative aligns with the government’s vision of establishing at least one nutritional garden in every village as part of broader efforts to improve food security across the country.