Solar powered borehole irrigation system installation in Ward (1) Bulilima District

Community members put final touches on the installation of a solar powered borehole irrigation system in Ward (1) Bulilima District, Matabeleland South, under the Community Upliftment Project (CUP).

Once completed, the solar powered water system will go a long way in reducing workload and improving crop productivity for the Zamani Self Help Group which is into horticulture.

Previously women were spending about 3- 4 hours watering their gardens using other water sources such as community wells but once the solar powered water system is functional; they will now spend less time thus leaving them with enough time to attend to other household chores.

Community wells usually dry out in summer forcing farmers to abandon their gardens thereby losing a lot of income. But with the system running fully throughout the year, their gardening activities will be non-seasonal.

The community produces crops such as tomatoes, chamolia, beetroot and onions.

Meanwhile, the solar powered water system is also going to play a key role in helping to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 on water and sanitation.