Commercial farmers to construct a dam for Zambia

Zambian commercial farmers, Photos: Zambia media

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – A group of commercial farmers in Zambia’s Serenje District of Central Province have mobilised US $12-million to construct a dam.
The project is coordinated under the name “Luombwa Irrigation Company”.

The projected Upper Luombwa Community Dam is set to be constructed under Muchinda Chiefdom.

The dam will have a capacity of 83-million cubic metres of water when filled to the brim and a back flow of 6.1 kilo metres.

Zambia’s Central Province Permanent Secretary (PS), Chanda Kabwe, said government would want to change the way of doing farming.

Kabwe indicated that the provincial administration is supporting the construction of the dam in order to grow the agricultural sector for the province be the food basket not only for the nation but the entire region and beyond.

He stressed that government understands that by 2025 the population will increase and that 40 per cent of that population will be in Africa.

“We do understand as a nation that by 2025 the world population will increase and of that increase about 40 per cent is from Africa.

Therefore, the demand for agricultural produce, in terms of food will be on the increase and we need to position ourselves as Central Province not only to feed Zambia but the continent at large,” he stated.

According to media reports, Serenje Town Council Water Supply and Sanitation Coordinator, David Sakala, said the project has received great support from the community and the traditional leadership in the area.

Sakala said the mapping established that 83 families will be affected by the project but that only 23 will require complete relocation.

He said so far 20 out of the 23 households have already been resettled in Chief Kabamba’s Chiefdom, adding that preparations are progressing well and have reached an advanced stage.

He added that the project is only awaiting statutory clearance by the Zambia Environmental Management Authority (ZEMA) and Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA).

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