Climate Smart Public Works Programme Bails Out Over 17,000 Households In Nsanje 

Part of paying exercise which took place at Mbangu in the area of Traditional Authority Malemia Part of paying exercise which took place at Mbangu in the area of Traditional Authority Malemia - pic by Wesly Mafunga

About 17, 618 households in Nsanje district are expected to benefit from a two year World Bank funded Climate Smart Public Works Programme through which participants are conserving degraded environment among other things.

Jasmine Chamdimba, a Desk Officer for the Programme told Zodiak Online yesterday, Thursday, “We are currently paying each beneficiary K28, 800 having worked for 24 days.

“They worked for 12 days in January and February respectively,” explained Chamdimba.

The Land Resources Conservation Officer added, “It is being financed through the National Local Government Finance Committee (NLGFC). We have 16 catchments.

“The conservation works are critical in mitigating flooding as the works include planting trees,” said Chamdimba.

She however said they have not been spared from challenges citing, "Irregularities during data entry as some people in Lulwe catchment for example have gone to Mozambique.

“Those will be paid when they are available in the next cycle.”

One of the beneficiaries, Chitoma Biyasi, from Kanaventi village in the area of Traditional Authority Malemia in the district has hailed the program saying, “I will use the money to buy maize because my family is starving.”

According to the Programmes Desk Officer, there are prospects after the two years of implementation the programme will continue.

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