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Dams will enhance agricultural production – CSPR

ESTHER MSETEKA, Lusaka
THE Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR) says the construction of multi-purpose dams by Government will enhance agricultural production and address the negative effects of climate change.
Recently, President Edgar Lungu launched the construction of the Momboshi dam in Chisamba, at a cost of US$28 million.
In a statement availed to the Daily Mail yesterday, CSPR advocacy and communications programme coordinator Maxson Nkhoma said CSPR commended Government for another planned the multi-purpose dam in Mambwe district.
Mr Nkhoma said CSPR is optimistic that the construction of dams across Zambia will provide water for commercial and domestic use, as well as stimulate irrigation farming.
“CSPR is gratified with the efforts being put together by Government and its cooperating partners in accelerating poverty reduction programmes in the agriculture sector.
“The construction of multi-purpose dams, which started with the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of a dam in Chisamba district by President Lungu has now spread to other parts of the country such as the earmarked construction of Chikowa dam in Mambwe district which is scheduled to be completed by December 31, 2016,” Mr Nkhoma said.
Mr Nkhoma said it is encouraging to note Government is commitment to undertaking the construction of dams in a bid to address climate change issues. He further said the initiative will go a long way in enhancing crop production as farmers will not only depend on rain-fed agriculture but utilise the opportunity of having such kind of dams for winter farming.
Mr Nkhoma also acknowledged the World Bank and the African Development Bank for supporting Zambia in its development pursuit by helping the country diversify from mining to agriculture.

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