LUSAKA, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Tuesday launched a mega irrigation project in Kafue district, about 41 km south of the capital, Lusaka, aimed at boosting agricultural productivity.
The 26 million U.S. dollar Chiansi Irrigation Infrastructure Project, which is expected to become fully operational by 2020, will benefit about 21,000 people, the president said.
Lungu said during the launch that the government, will ensure that farmers have access to irrigation infrastructure to mitigate the negative effects of climate change.
Minister of Agriculture Micheal Zondani said the government has lined up various projects aimed at promoting irrigation across the country to lessen dependence on rain-fed agriculture.
Barbara Hellemond, Netherland ambassador to Zambia, said the project will go a long way in improving the lives of smallholder farmers and reduce vulnerability in the catchment area.
She said the project is the culmination of efforts through public-private partnerships.