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    In a bid to improve the livelihood status of more than 200,000 people through water supply, irrigation and fish farming, President Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera on Monday launched the Kholongo Multipurpose dam in TA Chakhaza, Dowa.

    Speaking at the launch, President Chakwera acknowledged that Malawi is among countries that is blessed with enough water which can be put to better use in the quest to foster national development. While emphasizing the importance of Kholongo Multipurpose dam project to agriculture, Chakwera also advised Malawians to take irrigation farming seriously.

    Also speaking at the launch was Minister of Water and Sanitation Hon Abida Sidik Mia who commended Chakwera’s insightful leadership for coming up with a crucial project to socio-economic development of the country.

    The project commenced on the 1st of March 2023, and is slated for completion by the end of February 2026.

    With modern irrigation systems spanning an area of over 500 hectares and an innovative fisheries scheme, the Kholongo Project will not only provide water 24 hours a day to 130,000 people, it will also provide sustenance and income for surrounding communities thereby promoting sustainable development and economic growth for 4,436 households.

    In his remarks, the Central Region Water Board Chairperson Eddison Mombera praised the state president Dr Chakwera foe walking the talk on the pledge to contract the dam. He said that, despite some challenges, he is optimistic that the project will be completed in 2026 as planned since construction is now going on well.

    The Kholongo project is fronted by the Central Region Water Board and funded by the Government of Malawi. However, being a multisectoral project, the Central Region Water Board will collaborate closely with stakeholders from relevant sectors including the Fisheries and Irrigation to ensure flawless coordination in the management and execution of the project.

    Once completed, this project is expected to serve areas such as Kasese, Madisi, Mponela and surrounding places, ensuring an unswerving supply of water, irrigation as well as fish farming.

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