Civil Society for Poverty Reduction CSPR has urged the government to help in the maintenance of feeder roads in rural areas of Eastern Province under the link 8000 project.
CSPR Provincial Coordinator, Maxson Nkhoma says that the poor infrastructure and deplorable state of many feeder roads in the province, has caused the province to remain closed in accessing competitive local and international markets.
He says that various agro products cannot be transported to better markets easily due to poor state of feeder roads in various districts of the province.
Mr. Nkhoma has expressed concern over areas such as Chipembere in Kasenengwa Constituency, Madzyatuba and Chipangali areas in Chipangali Constituency, Chitungulu area in Lundazi district as well as Mambwe and Vubwi districts where feeder roads have not received any form of upgrading standard to date.
Mr. Nkhoma says that this has hindered the community from accessing services such as good health facilities, safe and clean drinking water, access to primary and secondary schools.
The CSPR Provincial Coordinator also states that the non-completion of the Chipata- Mfuwe road and the Chipata-Lundazi road, which has taken more than four years to be completed, has worried people in the province.
He hopes that the construction of the two important roads will be completed before the onset of the rains this year.