Maputo, Mozambique, 21 July – The African Development Fund (ADF) approved, in Tunis, a loan of US$20.6 million to fund the refurbishment of the Massingir dam in Mozambique.
The project aims to prevent the total collapse of the dam should there be floods that are bigger than usual.
A statement from ADF said that the funding would also make it possible to improve agricultural production in CHokwe and Xai-Xai, and the living conditions of the population.
The rehabilitation project, which will be carried out between 2009 and 2011, will also make it possible to irrigate 2 hectares of land in the area and allow farmers to plant products all year round.
The project will benefit 16,000 farmers in the districts of Xai-Xai and Chokwe, 550 fishermen operating on the dam, the residents of the village of Massingir and the irrigation system for the Procana sugar factory.
The ADF is part of the African Development Bank group (AfDB).(macauhub)