The British Government through the United Kingdom’s (UK’s) department for International Development (DFID) will this year provide K340 billion of developmental assistance to Zambia.
And the British Government will this week hand over four income generating
projects to the government in Luapula province worth over K165 million.
Â According to a statement from the British High Commission Press and Public
Affairs Section sent to ZANIS in Mansa, the DFID would provide K212 billion to
Zambia for Poverty Reduction Budget Support this year.
The statement said the British Government had been providing Poverty Reduction
Budget Support to the Zambian Government since 2005.
Â It said the British Government recently signed a 10 year Development Partnership Arrangement with the Zambian government which was a sign of the strong relationship which exist between the two countries.
The statement also said that British Deputy High Commissioner Paula Walsh who
is visiting Luapula Province this week will hand over four projects to local communities.
The Filowele Bee-Keeping in Nchelenge district which was given a grant of K45,322,000 by the British High Commission to construct a honey and wax processing centre and top bar beehives would be handed over to beneficiary local communities.
Others are the Mwamona Mixed Farming Project in Kawambwa which was funded
K54,371,617 for the construction of a dam and a canal to improve water supply.
Lubwe Parish Skills Training Centre in Samfya and the Chipelembe Co-operative
Society in Mansa which respectively received K30,163,000 and K34,733,600 from
the British High Commision will also be handed over.
The Lubwe Parish Skills Training Centre trains youths in skills such as poultry, Bee-Keeping, Fish farming gardening and banana growing.
The statement said the Chipelembe Irrigation Project was a clear testimony of the British government’s commitment to helping communities in Zambia fight poverty and improve the financial status of low income groups on a sustainable basis.