About sixteen villages will benefit from a dam which has been constructed at total cost of 220 thousand Kwacha in Chief Chinunda’s area in Chipata district.
The dam, which has been constructed by COMACO, Community Market for Conversation with the help of ZNS, the Zambia National Service has also been filled with more than 10, 000 fish fingerings for the community.
Speaking during the official opening of the dam, Eastern Province Administrative Officer, Steven Tembo says the dam will be of good help to the community in terms of gardening and fishing.
Mr. Tembo thanked COMACO for encouraging conservation farming stating that Eastern Province has not been spared from the effects of climate change.
He says government has put up measures to mitigate climate change but can only achieve its goals with the help from other stakeholders.
And COMACO Conservation Manager, Nemiyah Tembo says the organisation decided to construct a dam in the area because of the positive response from people towards conservation farming.
Mr. Tembo says over three thousand and fifty people have been trained in Active Poaching, Charcoal Manufacturing and climate smart agriculture in the past seven years in the area.
He added that five families in Chinunda area have benefited from the beehives that the organisation has procured for them at a cost of 28, 600 Kwacha for honey production.
And Chief Chinunda who thanked COMACO for the dam, says he has come up with a community conservation plan to conserve resources.