Mongu, June 14, 2019, ZANIS --- The funding for the Pilot Project for Climate Resilience (PPCR) project has been increased from its initial 36.5 million US dollars to 50.6 Million US Dollars.

The additional funding is aimed at bringing the private sector on board to support market linkages to the already existing PPCR investment and primary production through value addition.

ZANIS reports that Western Province Minister Richard Kapita disclosed this when he officiated at a sensitisation meeting for District Commissioners and Principal Officers of Local Authorities held at the Minister Conference Hall in Mongu yesterday.

“Three districts namely Nkeyema, Mulobezi and Sikongo have been added to the project which is a World Bank funded entity that was launched in 2014, “he said.

Explaining further that the project has now been up-scaled to all the wards in the entire 16 districts of Western Province, Mr Kapita added that, it has now moved from the pilot phase to full implementation and will end in 2022 instead of 2019.

The Provincial Minister urged all stakeholders especially the district leadership to put all personal interests and differences asides to ensure that the objectives of the project are achieved in order to put the needs of the country and province first.

He also encouraged the officers to learn from lessons recorded from the past five years of the pilot phase to ensure overall project success in the implementation process.

Warning against corruption in the project, Mr Kapita called for total financial discipline among officers managing the finances of the project as mismanagement of funds will attract severe disciplinary action.

The meeting is been attended by District Commissioners and Council Secretaries among others from all the 16 districts of Western Province.