Six commercial farmers in Serenje District of Central Province have come together under the umbrella name Luombwa Irrigation Company to construct a dam at a cost of 12-million US Dollars.
The proposed Upper Luombwa Community Dam to be constructed in Muchinda Chiefdom will have a capacity of 83-million cubic metres of water when filled to the brim.
And Central Province Permanent Secretary , Chanda Kabwe said Provincial administration will support the construction of the dam so that it can help productivity in the agricultural sector .
Mr Kabwe said the dam to be constructed will support irrigation and livestock as well as fish caging throughout the year.
He was speaking when he visited the proposed site for the dam over the weekend.
And Serenje Town Council Water Supply and Sanitation Coordinator, David Sakala, said the project has received support from the community and the traditional leadership in the area.
Mr Sakala said the mapping established that 83 families will be affected by the project but that only 23 will require complete relocation.
He added that the project is only awaiting statutory clearance by the Zambia Environmental Management Authority and Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA).
He noted that other salient features of the dam will include fishing and irrigation schemes, boat cruise and a country club.
News Source: ZNBC