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World Bank allocates $38m for Musakashi irrigation scheme

From MONICA KAYOMBO in Ndola
THE World Bank has allocated US$38 million for the development of the Musakashi irrigation scheme in Mufulira district.
District commissioner Chanda Kabwe said the massive investment will go a long way in transforming the agriculture sector and subsequently contribute to national food security.
“Once the scheme is fully operational, it will enable the people to farm throughout the year. This will contribute to the country’s gross domestic product,’’ he said.
Mr Kabwe said in an interview that Zesco Limited has already moved on site to electrify the area while the Road Development Agency has started constructing access roads.
He said over 100 houses are also under construction under the irrigation scheme.
The district commissioner said the project is poised to create jobs for over 1,000 Mufulira residents.
“We are optimistic that the project will be a success as 80 percent of water bodies in the region is in Zambia,’’ he said.
Mr Kabwe said the Musakashi irrigation scheme, which will be coordinated by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, will play a pivotal role in the diversification of the economy.
He said the tender for the supply and delivery of agricultural equipment has since been advertised.
“Mufulira is known as a mining area. But now we want people to identify the district as one that will contribute massively to the agricultural sector,’’ he said.
The World Bank has given Zambia a US$115 million loan for the Agriculture Productivity Programme for the Southern Africa (APPSA) project.
APPSA regional project, which covers Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia, commenced last year and will run up to 2019.



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