Sounds of excavators, bulldozers, dump trucks, welding machines, power generators, sand blasters, and strong smell of epoxy paints all characterise the construction of new infrastructure which is part of the rehabilitation and expansion works of the Lifuwu Irrigation Scheme in Salima to 182 hectares.
Funded by the European Union and implemented by COOPI and Agricane, the project will bring a sustainable transformational change and full functioning or optimisation of the scheme through the rehabilitation, expansion, provision of equipment and training of the Lifuwu Cooperative to become a fully functional and well-structured body which will in the end progressively re-launch its role as an agro-business catalyser for Salima, and later become a main national actor for agricultural produce exports.
And when they visited the construction works at Lifuwu recently, the officials from the European Union and the Malawi Government – Ministry of Agriculture recommended the implementers and the civil contractor for the good progress of the work.
The guests visited the construction of the new water intake point and the pumping station at Lake Malawi, preparation of 700 mm pipes to be laid, and the construction of the 37000 cubic meter reservoir to feed old and new rice fields of the irrigation scheme.
“We are very happy with the work going around here. It is quite commendable and we hope the objectives of the project will be achieved”, said Geoffrey Mamba who is Deputy Director of Irrigation Services in the Ministry of Agriculture.