Group village head Bango of Lilongwe has commended authorities for targeting vulnerable households in Climate Smart Enhanced Public Works Programme.
He said this on Tuesday during a beneficiary verification exercise in Mkuwazi Catchment Area in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mazengera.
“I am happy that the names that were prelisted by the community have been verified and included as beneficiaries. This programme is exciting because besides the monetary gains, we will also be able to take care of our natural resources for the good of our area,” said Bango.
One of the beneficiaries, Violet Namilasi of Sixpence catchment area in T/A Khongoni, said she was pleased that she was included in the programme.
She said she would save her earnings from the programme to start a small-scale business.
Lilongwe district land resources and conservation officer Setrida Mlamba said preparatory activities are underway to roll out the programme by October 1.
She said the programme will be implemented in 22 catchment areas in the district where village action plans have been formulated.
“The programme is targeting 24 628 people from 22 catchment areas in the district,” said Mlamba.
The beneficiaries are expected to work for 12 days in a month and extra five days outside the wages period as community contribution on sub projects under agriculture, forestry, environment and fisheries.