The dip tank was built in 1952 by 14 villages namely Timire, Hlatswayo, Wedza, DRC, Vurayai, Village1 A and B, Musina, Besera, Mapolisa1 and 2, Mapfumo1and 2 and Ndlegu. Due to lack of resources and political interference before independence the dip tank seized to operate and was abandoned. However, after independence with the efforts of these 14 villages 4 bags of cement were contributed to maintain the dip tank and tying wire in 2014 but they were not enough.
Collecting pen was constructed with poor material, very small tank of 0.5m height and the dip tank does not have a roof. The community then appealed to the MDTC for assistance to capacitate them to maintain their asset and their proposal was approved under the FFA which was funded by WFP.
Currently households of these 14 villages would walk as far as Makugwe, Chipwe and Chirindi 10km, 8km, and 6km respectively away from Mwambe dip tank to dip their livestock.
Mr Edmore Njovo’s success story
Mr Njovo is the household head of a family of 6 and is 44 years of age from Timire village. He owns 3ha plot in which for the last season he planted sorghum and maize. From his explanation he harvested nothing because of the poor rains which were received last year. Hence forth he depended on skilled labour as he is an artisan a welder. For a job done he received $20 and used the money to buy cereals for his family. After WFP intervention through FFA he was registered and stated that for the first 2 months May and June he received $110 and he used $60 to pay for his children school fees for a term and $50 he used to buy food. He further stated that for the month of July, August, September he received 50kg maize grain, 3.75kg vegetable oil and 10kg pulses. In October he received 50kg sorghum, 10kg pulses and 3.75kg vegetable oil on sorghum he commented that it was good for maheu which they prepare for their children when they go to school.
Impact of the Project
- Reduced walking distance for livestock to other dip tanks far away from their homesteads. Livestock from Makugwe used to travel 11km to the dip tank, Chikwe 8km and Chirindi 6km and such long distances affected the health and quality of the livestock. Henceforth the dip tank will reduce such distances and health of livestock is improved
- Diseases are reduced since villagers would be travelling less km to dip their cattle vaccination becomes easier.
- 1034 livestock will benefit from the dip tank
- 390 households will tend to benefit from the dip tank as well
- Farming as a business
- Conservation farming
- Livestock production
- Health and nutrition education
- Child growth monitoring
Impact of the trainings
He stated that training on livestock production was of good essence to him as he now knows how to prevent diseases, good breed of livestock and also importance of regular dipping of cattle.
This project was funded by WFP and implemented by MDTC.