K1.8 Billion irrigation scheme launched in Chikwawa

Chikwawa District Council in conjunction with a consortium comprising Welthungerhilfe (WHH), an international non Government Organization and Coordination Union for Rehabilitation (CURE) have launched a multi-million kwacha irrigation scheme in Mwalija village, Traditional Authority Kasisi in the district.

Speaking during the event Wednesday, head of the project, Jose Lewis assured the community that the project is viable and sustainable and people should expect positive results from it.

He said, “This is a big project government is waiting to see people of Mwalija benefiting a lot from. This is part of the green belt initiative and the aim is to make communities around here as well as Malawi free from hunger.

As Welthungerhilfer our mortal is to have a world without hunger,” Lewis said.

According to Lewis the project would run for thirty months from August 2016 and is going to expand from ten hectares to ninety five hectares resulting into four hundred households benefiting.

He reminded people to scrutinize the one component that says ‘for sustainable food production, income generation and environmental management.”

Director of Planning and Development (DPD) at Chikwawa District Council, Kelvin Harawa, urged communities around the irrigation scheme to have a sense of ownership.

“By any means let’s avoid indulging ourselves in stealing the irrigation scheme equipment and let me ask the police not to bail anyone out found stealing the project’s resources,” he said.

Harawa commended CURE and WHH for the project that will eradicate food insecurity that is hitting the district hard.

Traditional Authority Kasisi emphasized the importance of environmental conservation whilepromising that as a chief, he would make sure that trees are being planted along Shire River.

The local leader said he would be the custodian of environmental security and that anyone cutting trees carelessly will be brought to book while calling on the communities to join hands in order to meet the goals of the project.

Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA