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RDA pledges to work on Southern province feeder roads

By ANDREW MUKOMA

THE Road Development Agency (RDA) has assured the small scale farmers in Kazungula, Zimba and Kalomo districts that it will commence works on some of the major feeder roads once the procurement process is completed.

Acting director communication and corporate affairs, Anthony Mulowa said the major roads are going to be done so that the farmers can have easy transportation of their produce to the market.

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Mr Mulowa said in an interview that the government through the World Bank will be financing the program.

“We need to improve the connectivity of the rural areas, so we are going to do something with finances from the World Bank under package 12. We are going to do 155 kilometres of the roads. Three roads are going to be done. One in each district,” he said.

Mr Mulowa said the agency is finalizing the procurement process of the roads after the tenders closed.

He called on the people in the three districts to be patient with the agency as it handles the procurement process.

Mr Mulowa said the agency is aware of the importance of the feeder roads as they will enhance the road network connectivity of the rural areas for the farmers.

And Southern Province Cooperative and Marketing Union chairman Lawrence Mudala said the roads in Kazungula district are bad and if the rain season starts,  then the food stocks will be brought to the safe areas.

“If the maize is not transported to the right final depot then then it might go to waste,” he said.

He said that feeder roads are usually impassable during the rain season hence the need to have them rehabilitated.

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