CLIMATE CHANGE EFFORTS RECEIVE A BOOST
Climate change resilience efforts in the Barotse Sub Basin yesterday received a boost when the minister of National Development Planning honourable Lucky Mulusa handed over 17 vehicles towards the project. The project aims at mitigating the effects of climate change. The handover ceremony was held at Community Development grounds in Mongu District of Western Province.
It is estimated that the country’s losses are estimated to range between USD4.5 billion and USD7.1 billion for the 2009-2019 decade as a result of climate change.
Speaking at the event, the Minister highlighted that the five year pilot project has so far managed to rehabilitate four of the seven priority canals.
The canals pass through Mongu, Limulunga and Senanga districts.
The Minister stated that, another 34 secondary and tertiary canals have also been rehabilitated. The canals are being cleared with the financial support from the World Bank.
The Minister further noted that ‘with this support government wants to see more results benefiting the community and on this note may I also warn project implementers against misusing the project vehicles.’
The project vehicles have been handed over to recipient districts which include Mongu, Limulunga, Senanga, Sesheke, Kaoma, Kalabo, and Shangombo. Other recipient districts are Mwandi, Lukulu, Mitete, Sioma, Nalolo, Luampa and Kazungula.
The cleared canals are now being utilized in more sustainable ways, for transport, irrigation and increased crop diversification for the many beneficiaries in the community. The vehicles will boost project monitoring and implementation in the district.
The Minister further urged all line ministries assigned with the responsibility of climate change to focus on developing national projects away from isolated pilot projects in future.
Honorable Mulusa also took the opportunity to express his concern on the army worms. He urged all the leaders and government officials to explain to the people in a clear manner how to recognize the army worms, names of chemicals to use and also involve agriculture extension offices.
Government has since released k30.8 million towards the fight against army worms.
Other speakers at the event included the Minister of Western Province Honorable Nathaniel Mubukwanu and the World Bank representative.
Honourable Mubukwanu highlighted that such projects mean a lot to the people of Western Province. The Western Province Minister highlighted that the vehicles will be dispatched with chemicals for stopping the army worms.
The World Bank representative also informed the gathering that the Bank has provided grants to support climate change activities. He noted that climate change has become more noticeable than before.
Honorable Mulusa concluded by expressing his gratitude and acknowledged the support from our cooperating partners; the World Bank and the African development bank.