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Tourism

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ENVIRONMENT,AGRICULTURE & TOURISM

Department Head : Mr C.Zanamwe

The role of Environment, Agriculture & Tourism (EAT) is grouped into three divisions. It is an independent department which helps to brings the three aspects into function. The scope of EAT encompasses capacity building of communities (empowerment), identifying of training needs for the communities, coordinating activities of NGOs working in relation to the environment.

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CAMPFIRE ACTIVITIES

These activities are  designed to assist rural development and conservation in supporting the use of wildlife as an important natural resource in a way which is both sustainable and appropriate.

Campfire Projects

AGRICULTURE

Chiredzi District is located mainly in Natural region V, an ecological region less than 400mm mean annual rainfall, and where the rainfall is also unreliable within the season, thus the district is not strictly not suitable for rain-fed crop production. According to the records that are found at the GMB the following crops thus red sorghum and white sorghum, maize, wheat, rapoko, mhunga, cow pea’s sun flowers soya beans are found to be grown in the district at selected regions. However the district has a higher potential for producing drought tolerant crops such as millets and sorghum.

Small holder irrigation

Considering that Chiredzi District has poor rainfall crop production potential in general it would mean and expected that smallholder irrigation would be popular and widespread wherever water is available. There are large contiguous blocks of good fertile agriculture soils in the district that are suitable for irrigation.  Information on the ground reviews that most of the irrigation are not being fully utilized to capacity and a number of them are moribund. In total there are only 768 ha under small scale holders of developed irrigation in the district benefiting a total of 1585 farmers. On another side the about 42000 ha of commercial irrigation land is under the commercial sugarcane production and this covers areas such as Triangle and Hippo Valley and Mkwasine. Of these 13000 ha falls under the A2 farmers under the new land reform programme.

Irrigation Schemes

TOURISM

Chiredzi District has a large diversity of natural resources. Apart from the sugar industry, wildlife and Tourism contribute to the overall economic development of the district.

The Gonarezhou national park forms the basis for tourism development in the district. The park holds a rich diversity of wild life and bird watching tourism industry in the district. Apart from the Park itself other players such Chiredzi Rural District Council, Save Valley conservancies, Malilangwe Trust, Hippo Valley and Triangle contribute towards the development of the tourism industry. Council runs consumptive tourism in all of its hunting areas, while the other three players operations are based on non consumptive tourism.

Tourism Zones

Tourism Sites and Packages