CALL FOR COMMENTS: ESIA Review for the Nkulumashiba Earth-Fill Dam and Cropping Operations on Farm No.5171 in Serenje District

 

ZAMBIA ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT AGENCY

 CALL FOR COMMENTS

 REVIEW OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT FOR THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT OF NKULUMASHIBA EARTH-FILL DAM AND CROPPING OPERATIONS ON FARM NO.5171 IN SERENJE DISTRICT, CENTRAL PROVINCE BY SERENJE PROPERTIES LIMITED

Serenje Properties Limited envisages establishing an Integrated Farming Unit of irrigated and rain-fed cropping on Farm No.5171 in Chief Muchinda’s area of Serenje District. The Farm is 1,902.32 Ha in extent. Serenje Properties Limited’s “South farm” is located 55.6km south west of Serenje Central Business District off T21 (Serenje-Mpika) Road.

 

Phase 1 of the project will involve clearing of 380ha for rain fed (summer) cropping operations while phase 2, irrigated (winter) cropping activities will involve phased establishment of 512ha of centre pivot irrigation. The main source of water for irrigation will be the Nkulumashiba River which will be dammed through an impoundment to harness 946,233.21m3 of water for irrigation.

 

The proposed irrigation dam will be a heterogeneous earth-fill dam with a crest height of 10.5m, a dam depth of 5m at the maximum and a length of 16m from the right bank to the point where the spillway starts. The dam will have a spillway width of 27.6m, a dam volume of 24,683.52m3 with a proposed water availability for abstraction at the rate of 77.625m3.

 

This notice therefore, serves to inform members of the general public, interested and affected parties that an Environmental Impact Assessment Report for the aforesaid proposed project in Serenje District has been received by Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) for review. In line with the provisions of the Environmental Management Act Number 12 of 2011 as read with the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations; SI. No. 28, of 1997 and is available for scrutiny at the following places:

 

  1. ZEMA, Information and Documentation Centre in Lusaka;
  2. Serenje Town Council
  3. ZEMA website: zema.org.zm; and
  4. facebook.com/zema.org.zm

 

The report will be available for inspection during office hours from 09:00 hours to 16:00 hours. Interested and affected parties may send their written submissions to the undersigned. The deadline for submission of comments is

February 11, 2018.

Please do not hesitate to contact the undersigned during office hours from 09:00 hours to 16:00 hours should there be any other issue herein needing our attention.

 

The Director General

Zambia Environmental Management Agency

Corner of Church and Suez Roads

P.O. Box 35131,

LUSAKA

Tel No.: +260 211 254023/59

Fax No.: +260 211 254164

E-mail: info@zema.org.zm

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