Govt completes dam construction in Choma district
Choma, February 5th, 2014, ZANIS —- GOVERNMENT in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has completed the construction of a K 2.5 million dam in chief Chipepo’s chiefdom in Chirundu district.
Siavonga district agricultural coordinator Katupa Chongo said the dam has been constructed under the Climate Change Adaptation Project to enable farmers in the area come to terms with adverse effects of climate change.
He noted that other Climate Change Adaptation Project activities that are currently on going in the area include dam protection by siltation control measurers, irrigation system utilization trainings and tree seedling survival survey.
Mr. Chongo was speaking during a planning and review meeting held at the council chamber in Choma for all senior agricultural officers drawn from all districts of southern province.
The dam that has the water holding capacity of 689,000 cubic meters was constructed by Nzovu transport and company.
Mr. Chongo explained that the dam has since stated filling in with water and measures to protect the water reservoir have been put in place by his office.
Meanwhile the ministry of agriculture and livestock has intensified the construction of an irrigation project at a total cost of $10,000.
Mr. Chongo said at the same function that the irrigation site in Kuyuni area near the Lusitu stream will carter for over 28 households in a bid to be resilient to effects of drought.
He stated that the 4 hectare area to be covered under the irrigation project funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Climate Change Adaptation Project is aimed at indirectly benefiting several other farmers.
He observed that the Lusitu Irrigation improvement project will have wells, irrigation tanks and supply lines to farmers’ fields involved in gardening of vegetable crops and winter maize.