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Funds scarcity stalls completion of dam project

28th February 2012
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Vice-President Dr Mohamed Gharib Bilal

It has been explained that Lwanyo water dam project in Mbarali district may not be completed in time due to non-availability of funds.

Project coordinator Mashiku Majo told Vice-President Dr Mohamed Gharib Bilal recently that the project was lined up for completion this September, but said it might not be completed in time due to lack of funds.

He said the dam, with a storage capacity of over 300,000 cubic metres of water, was estimated to cost a total of 2.9bn/- and had so far consumed a total of 1.8bn/- .

Majo said the work completed was 66 per cent, adding that if money would be available in time it might be completed according to schedule.

He said once the project was completed, it would make it possible to irrigate over 100 hectares of land, which would help improve rice production throughout the year.

Majo requested the government, through Dr Bilal, to intervene so that the money would be made available because many people were looking forward to using it.

Addressing a public rally at Igurusi in the district, Dr Bilal said the government has been working hard to empower the people and fight against poverty.

However, without naming the sources of the funds, Dr Bilal said the government would ensure that the dam project was completed so that it would enable people to bring themselves development.

Earlier, welcoming the vice-president, Mbeya regional commissioner Abbas Kandoro said the government in the region would continue with the construction of 13 other water projects, all of which were in different stages of implementation.

He said Mbeya region had over 90,000 hectares of land that could be put under irrigation but so far only 54,000 hectares were under irrigation.

Kandoro said it was the objective of the government to ensure that production would increase in agriculture.

The vice-president was in Mbeya region on a three-day visit. He has since embarked on a tour of Iringa region.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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