Semwa Dam Project Resumes

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By Lawrence Chitumba

CONSTRUCTION of the $141 million Semwa Dam across Ruya River, which borders Mt Darwin and Rushinga districts, has resumed after Treasury allocated $20 million for the project in the 2019 Budget.

Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement Minister Perrance Shiri visited the construction site last week. On completion, the dam will irrigate over 12 000 hectares.

"The dam has immense potential to bring socio-economic transformation in Mashonaland Central in the areas of food security, poverty alleviation, employment creation and steady water supply for Rushinga and Chimhanda," said Minister Shiri.



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After rapid economic growth averaging 10% every year between 2004 and 2014, Ethiopia has emerged as an engine of development in Africa.

And there are no signs that ambitions for further growth are fading. This is clear from the government’s blueprint to achieve middle-income status – or gross national income of at least US$1006 per capita – by 2025. This would see a rapid increase in per capita income in Ethiopia, which is currently US$783, according to the World Bank.

Ethiopia’s growth has been propelled by at least two factors: the prioritisation of agriculture as a key contributor to development and the fast-paced adoption of new technologies to boost the sector.

A third of Ethiopia’s GDP is generated through agriculture, and more than 12 million households rely on small-scale farming for their livelihoods.

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