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Mwandi district benefits from climate project

ELIZABETH CHATUVELA, Mwandi
MWANDI district is benefiting from two ponds under the Pilot Project for Climate Resilience (PPCR).
District commissioner Precious Muyenga said the initiative is aimed at mitigating dry spells in selected areas.
Ms Muyenga said the district was setting up two ponds in Mangongo and Lizwayi at a cost of K512,480.
She said the ponds were aimed at harvesting water to be used by the local people for irrigation and for dipping and watering their animals.
“The ponds will also be used to stock fish when the water is down”, Ms Muyenga said.
She was speaking here recently when Western Province Minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu inspected works at the Mangongo Pond.
Ms Muyenga said the district had also set up small ponds around the communities to encourage vegetable growing.
And Mr Mubukwanu has called on the local contractor who has been engaged to put up the ponds to deliver quality works.
He said there was need for the company to do a good job to help restore the reputation of local contractors.
“We are looking forward to a day when our locals will be able to do quality works,” he said.
The project has employed 17 people.
Mr Mubukwanu also urged the PPCR implementing district to start writing project proposals to access money.
He said it was unfortunate that people had not yet started accessing the funds.
The PPCR is being supported by the World Bank in the Barotse Sub-Basin to address challenges posed by climate change.
It is being implemented in Mongu, Limulunga, Senanga, Sesheke, Kaoma, Kalabo, Shangombo, Mwandi and Lukulu districts.
Other districts are Mitete, Sioma, Nalolo, Luampa in Western Province and Kazungula in Southern Province.

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