Government is in a tender process to find investors for the development of 19 dams and water supply projects.
The dams and projects will be under Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) model after the state said it could not fund the projects from its pocket.
Addressing journalists at a post cabinet briefing, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the tender would close on May 3.
“Cabinet received an update on the water infrastructure tender flight on March 1.
“The tender which will close on May 3, is soliciting for potential investments for the development of 19 large dams and water supply projects,” she said.
Mutsvangwa said the water supply infrastructure will argument water supply for urban, industrial and agricultural use.
“The water supply infrastructure development projects, upon completion, will argument water supply for urban , industrial and agricultural use,” she said.
Mutsvangwa said among the dams to be developed are Semwa dam and Bindura dam among others.
“The water infrastructure projects involved are Kondo-Chitowe Chisumbanje irrigation project, Kudu Dam and irrigation project, Muda-Nyatsime Chitungwiza water supply project,National Matabalaland Zambezi water supply project among others,” she said.
Due the change in climate and rainfall pattern, irrigation is the only solution to food sustainability and dams are bound to be the source of water for such projects.
In the 2018-2019 farming season, Zimbabwe has been hard hit by drought which has left 5.3 million people vulnerable to poverty.