Presidential Rural development programme reaches Chikomba

By Jerold Sasa

VILLAGERS in Chikomba District have welcomed the Presidential Rural Development programme which has transformed their lives through the sinking of boreholes.

For years, villagers in the Maware area of Njanja in Chikomba District have been facing perennial water challenges which were also affecting agricultural production.

However, that will soon be a thing of the past, after the sinking of boreholes in their area courtesy of the Presidential Rural Development Programme.

“We are happy with this program which is set to transform our lives in this arid region, as we have always wanted to be involved in horticulture but could not do so due to water challenges so we have high hopes this will change everything,” said villagers who spoke to the ZBC News crew.

The government says the programme will help unlock the economic potential of the district.

“As the government, we are going to assign agricultural experts to help in production as well as marketing of the produce,” said Dr Anxious Masuka the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development.

“The people of Chikomba are happy with this program as it is set to take them away from poverty by improving household food security,” said Dr Sekai Nzenza, Chikomba East legislator who is also the Minister of Industry and Commerce.

The Presidential Rural Development Programme has a target of sinking a borehole in every village by 2025, with the aim of improving people’s lives through rural transformation, rural modernisation and industrialisation under the Second Republic’s mantra of leaving no one and no place behind.