The Smallholder Irrigation Revitalisation Programme has procured materials for the construction of 48 tree nursery sites. The programme also distributed 16 000 tree seedlings and seeds which include mango, mulberry, papaya, oranges, gumtrees, fidebia albida, leukina and fever tree. The seeds distributed were mostly for indigenous and fodder trees. The trees were distributed to 3200 households with each household receiving 5 seedlings each.
To ensure sustainability of the initiative, community tree nurseries were established to promote continuous supply of seedlings and propagation of locally available and demand driven trees. Training on tree and nursery management was conducted to ensure increased tree survival rates and tree planting was done during the rainy season. To date nursery construction is at 40 percent with outstanding sites in Manicaland and other sites that are being reallocated.
Under SIRP, communities are encouraged to grow trees for various reasons include food and nutrition security, to provide fodder for both cattle and livestock which build community resilience to climate change. Trees are also used for environmental conservation to protect water sources and irrigation schemes against the risk of gulleys and flooding.