Source(s) of financing ADF: 9855256 Government: 1123683
Implementing Agency: MINISTRY OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT
The objectives of this project are to: (i) settle 2,979 families on 107, 000 hectares of land, provide them with a livelihood and lay the foundation for the subsequent rural development; (ii) ease the population pressure in the neighbouring communal lands; (iii) increase agricultural production thereby contributing to both the earnings and saving of foreign exchange; and (iv) improve the social and economic infrastructure to ensure improved health and general well-being of the settler population.
The project aims at settling 2979 families in an area covering about 107,000 ha. The families will be resettled in 93 villages each with about 32 households. The total area for agricultural development will increase to about 8360 ha at full development. Crops to be grown will include maize, sunflower, beans, groundnuts, cotton, wheat, soya beans, oriental tobacco, vegetables and sorghum. Most of the remaining area (about 99,000 ha) will be used for livestock. The total number of livestock it estimated to increase to 6548 and these will be used for draught-power, meat and milk production. The project will provide the necessary agricultural support (land development, credit, extension, dips, woodlot plantation, irrigation development and management); social infrastructure: Rural Service Centres (RSC) with clinics and co-operative storage depots classrooms, roads and water supply points for each village. The project will also provide office, vehicles and housing for staff in five RSCs and will be implemented over a five-year period.
Ministry of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development.
The project falls within the Governments Intensive Resettlement Programme designed to meet needs of the war displaced people and to ease land pressure on heavily populated communal areas. The provision under the project aim at improving health and general well being of the settler population through resettlement activities.