Despite its perennial free-flowing rivers and fertile grounds, the Zambezi Region is currently without a single green scheme. The National Council’s Standing Committee on Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources, during recent oversight visits on rural water supply, was informed by Zambezi governor Lawrence Sampofu that despite the region being blessed with adequate water resources, and surrounded by rivers, not a single irrigation project existed. The last functioning green scheme, Sampofu said, was the Kalimbeza Rice Project, which despite a government injection of N$ 7.1 million is now a ‘white elephant’.
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