NKOMBO KACHEMBA, Kitwe
COPPERBELT Province permanent secretary Elias Kamanga says a number of investors have shown willingness to invest in the
US$38 million Musakashi irrigation scheme in Mufulira that will help the Government to improve irrigation systems in the mining town.
The World Bank has given Zambia US$115 million for the establishment of irrigation schemes in Mufulira, Chisamba and Chirundu districts.
Mr Kamanga said in an interview yesterday that a number of investors have shown interest in setting up plantations around the irrigation scheme to promote farming activities in the area.
“As Copperbelt, we are attracting a lot of investors in the province. Right now, we have investors from India that are ready to set up plantations in the Musakashi irrigation scheme,” he said.
Mr Kamanga said the works on the Musakashi irrigation scheme have started and are progressing well.
He said the scheme, once completed, will help the province to diversify its economy from mining to agriculture for the benefit of the people.
Mr Kamanga said Government is currently building the Katembula dam in Lufwanyama at a cost of K9.7 million that is aimed at improving irrigation systems in the province.
He said Government is also developing the Luswishi farm block in Lufwanyama, which is so far attracting a number of investors.
Mr Kamanga said Government will continue to invest in projects that are aimed at promoting the diversification of the economy from mining to agriculture.