By OLIVER SAMBOKO
GERMANY, with financial Support from the European Union (EU) has launched a 15.7 million Euros Accelerated Water and Agriculture Resources Efficiency (AWARE) project in Mazabuka.
The 15.7 million Euro Grant to the Zambian government is aimed at supporting irrigation and water management programme and will see 11,000 small-scale farmers benefiting from the project.
Speaking at the launch, Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection Minister, Dennis Wanchinga through his Director of Water Supply and Sanitation, Orswell Katoka said water resources management plays a critical role in the socio-economic development of Zambia and contributes greatly to sustainable growth and poverty reduction.
He said the government was committed to the water sector as demonstrated through the creation of the one stop shop dedicated to coordinating all water sector policies and programmes in the country.
Mr. Wanchinga said the water sector had been enshrined in the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP) that was launched by President Edgar Lungu under the theme “accelerating development efforts towards the vision 2030 without leaving anyone behind”.
The minister stressed that although Zambia had abundant water resources, this important resource had not yet been fully developed and equitably distributed across the country.
ambassador to Zambia, Ackim Burkart said his country was committed to the development of the water sector and had set the water sector as one of the priority areas of the bilateral cooperation his country and Zambia.
He said his country through its implementing agencies –KFW, BGR and GIZ had supported the water sector reforms process as well as the formation of a new institutional setup in the water sector and had provided access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation to more than 2 million Zambians.