THE development of the sugar industry in Luapula Province is moving at a very slow pace because of lack of funding, says Kawambwa district commissioner Mwiita Kasengele.
Mr Kansengle said funds for the development of a sugar plantation have not been released by Government for the past two years .
In an interview, Mr Kasengele said the project would take long to be completed due to lack of money.
“The developments are still taking place but it is moving at a very slow pace because of poor funding to finish the project,” he said.
Mr Kasengele said that out of the planned five irrigation earth dams, only two had been constructed and that funding stopped when the third dam was to be constructed.
“The Department of Water Affairs has also constructed two earth dams in the area for irrigation purposes. We are still waiting for funding for the other three dams which have been planned for because we need five dams.
“Previously we had planned to be building a dam per year but there have been no funds coming for the past two years so we are stuck,” he said
He however said the Chinese contractor was currently constructing tar roads in the plantation area for easy accessibility.
He said another main road under construction was the one which would be linking Kawambwa to Luwingu in the Northern Province
“So far the only major development is the tar road cutting right through the farm block which is being done by a Chinese contractor which has increased accessibility to the area,” he said.
Mr Kasengele said the cadastral surveys of the plantation were yet to be completed after which. the allocation of the plant would take place. He said other farm blocks had already been surveyed, adding that what was only remaining was the availability of funds.
“There is money set aside for farm block development every year but this year we have not received anything from Government,” he said.