PRIDE Irrigation Engineer, Limbani Gomani says construction works are progressing well and hoped contractors will finish their works within the contractual period.
Gomani told journalists on a tour of the construction works in Phalombe that despite a few challenges, the works are progressing well.
“Our target is to ensure that works are finalized by November this year and so far so good,” said Gomani.
PRIDE took members of the media to Wowo Irrigation Scheme in Senior Traditional Authority Nkhulambe’s area in Phalombe district where a Joint Venture of Hema and Emmac Construction Companies is constructing the scheme. The construction works were launched in November last year but commencement of works was delayed due to heavy rains due to Cyclone Ana and Gombe which devasted the place.
The contractor started serious construction works in April after the rain season came to an end.
“The contractors are working around the clock to ensure that the works finish in good time. So, we are hopeful that the November target is met,” said Gomani.
Apart from Wowo, PRIDE is also constructing Matoponi and Lingoni Irrigation Schemes in Zomba and Machinga respectively in the Southern Region. Two schemes, Mafinga Hills and Marko in Chitipa are also under construction in the Northern Region.
The 5 schemes are part of the 9 priority schemes that PRIDE plans to construction between now to December 2024. The other schemes are: Mzenga in Nkhata Bay, Chipofya in Rumphi, Mlooka in Zomba and Dambo in Dowa.