By Alex Charlie.
In an effort to mitigate the impact of climate change in the country, government with funding from the World Bank is constructing a multi-million kwacha dam in the areas of chief Ngabu and Makoko in Nsanje district in order to enable people of the two areas practice irrigation farming.
Speaking in an interview with GT during the launch of the K487 million project Wednesday on 29 April, Chief Water Resources Development Officer in the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Development, Peter Kadewere, said once completed, the Nyamkotola dam will be the biggest dam among all in the Southern region and it will supply water for both irrigation and domestic purposes.
“Through the dam project, peoples’ lives in Nsanje will be transformed as they will move from subsistence farming to commercial farming,” Kadewere said.
While commending the gesture by government to uplift the peoples’ livelihoods through irrigation farming in the two areas, Member of Parliament for Nsanje South West constituency, Uritta Ntiza, warned the contractor against substandard works saying this retards government efforts to develop the areas
She however disclosed that government of Malawi is committed to transform shire valley, Chikwawa and Nsanje.
“Everyone should play a big law, taking responsibilities looking after it,” Mtiza said.
Meanwhile, the launch of the dam project in Nsanje district comes barely weeks after President Peter Mutharika also launched a K175 billion Shire Valley Transformation Programme in Chikwawa district in March this year whose aim is to promote irrigation farming.