Drip Irrigation

In support of the Agrarian Reform Programme, the TOBACCO INDUSTRY AND MARKETING BOARD and AGRIBANK, have instituted a Drip Irrigation Project, in a move to assist Tobacco Small Holder farmers:

  • To bring the average Tobacco yield to 3.5 tonnes per ha and up.
  • To use their land in more and productive way by having a second round of crop in a year.
  • Ensuring a viable production of Flue Cured Virginia (FCV) tobacco of export quality.
  • To help them reduce risks of erosion and nutrients depletion as water and fertilizers are easily absorbed.

Zimbabwe is one of the victim countries of Climate change causing- farms to be more vulnerable to droughts, floods, pests, and other natural threats, only exacerbating the problems that small farmers face. One of the major sources of drought in our region is the El Nino Phenomenon, caused by the oscillation of warming waters in the central Pacific Ocean. With the increasing frequency, duration, and severity of drought conditions across much of Zimbabwe and the African continent, The Tobacco Industry is looking for new ways to ensure thattobacco harvests are secured against unpredictable rains. Mid-season dry spells are now a characteristic feature in parts of Zimbabwe and the impact of such dry spells on tobacco farmers is sometimes more severe than that of drought. Despite the dire need for climate-adaptation solutions, less than 6% of all cultivated land in Africa is irrigated, and almost all poor farmers are dependent on rainfed agriculture. Farmers no longer sure when to prepare the land for planting or when to start planting tobacco. It is becoming a gamble with nature as weather patterns change.

Given that irrigated plots can more than double crop yields as compared to rainfed plots. Drip-irrigation in particular can play a key role in increasing crop yields, conserving water, and creating a source of income for smallholder farmers in rural Zimbabwe. By implementing drip-irrigation, smallholder farmers are able to increase the variety of crops on their farms, resulting in greater income opportunities.

The TIMB model is built from a low-cost design, making it affordable to even the poorest farmers. It is easy to install as the manifold comes assembled.

For one to qualify he must be a bona fide tobacco grower and having been growing tobacco for at least two years. Reliable water source be it dam or river water and borehole is very essential. He can be contracted or self-financed and free from bad debts.

All amounts borrowed shall be disbursed directly to any supplier/contractor chosen by TIMB as per the Proforma Invoice of materials to be supplied.

This loan shall be for a period of two years (twenty four months).

Interest shall be charged at 10 percent per annum of the capital sum and be included in repayments for the duration of the loan period calculated annually on the anniversary of the date that the agreement was signed.

Application Forms to be obtained at our Regional Offices.

Posted in Special Projects on Jan 04, 2017