Onderstaand treffen jullie aan het tekstuele verslag over het jaar 2004/2005 van het Luangwa Valley Project. De afgelopen twee weken ben ik druk bezig geweest met dit project. Eén van de onderdelen was de verslaglegging. Onderstaand verslag is geschreven door het managementteam met een beetje ondersteuning van ondergetekende. Om die reden is het verslag ook in het Engels. Ik neem aan dat jullie kennis van die taal voldoende is om de impact van het project te begrijpen.
It’s a pleasure to offer you the annual report of the Luangwa Valley Project 2004/2005. This annual report
is somewhat late but the next report over 2005/2006 will follow within a few months.
In this report you find a description of our main activities. The main target of the Luangwa Valley Project is to improve the standard of living of the people in the Luangwa Valley (50.000 people).
From past experience the main problem of the valley has been famine which in a small way the project has tried to help to avoid by creating food reserves and supply of inputs to the areas in need.
The problem of exploitation of the people by the business community in the supply of essential commodities at exploitative prices is also addressed by the introduction by the Project of the Wholesale which is helping to control the retail prices.
The other main hindrance of development has been communication in particular the road net work which is seasonal. Since the introduction of the road, bridges rehabilitation, the road net work especially to Chitungulu has improved. If it were not for the disturbance in the previous year the road would have been much better.
In this report you find in chapter 2 a brief narrative of our activities including the results. In chapter 3 you find the financial report:
a. Assets and Liabilities
b. Statement of income and expenses.
c. Statement of profit/loss Marketing account.
Although it was a hard time we are happy with the results we achieved. For all we have to thank the team, but also the Parish Lundazi and the Diocese Chipata and of course our donors in the Netherlands.
Atanazio S.D.Mvula Project Manager.
Benjamin L. Mwale Assistant Project Manager
Isaac M. Banda Project Accountant.
Michael Banda Accountant Chipata Diocese.
Timeyo Mtonga Technician
Lundazi 2nd February 2006.
2.1. In General
In the year 2004/5, we had a very hard time in most of the activities.
A. In marketing generally, the poor rains affected the production of both maize and rice and other crops.
This also meant that the budget target of our estimate bags could not be reached.
B. Roads- the sub contracts that were given by the state to maintain the road to Chitungulu made us to pull
out of the road project, delaying the completion of the project. This has also contributed to deterioration
of the road condition. But luckily the bridges we constructed are still strong enough to stand the weather
conditions. It is because of the same that we have been given this year a chance to continue maintaining
C. Education: the process of finding places in colleges was not optimal. But finally we have a way
out. We are glad that now more than 38 candidates have been sent to different schools.
D. Milling- because of the drop in production, not much use was be made of the mill. But
the weather signs for this year are good. There’s hope for a good next season. The encouraging thing
is that demand is high, there are chances that the price of rice will rise.( this was clear this year )
E. We are proud to say that during this period, we managed to organise and form 4 Multi purpose Co
-operative Societies. Out of these, 3 have been registered by the Registrar of Co-operative Societies.
F. With the cooperation of the whole Team, in the same period, we managed to construct 1 storage
shed for a co-operative society, a staff house in Lumimba and managed to sell the produce from the
markets without incurring unnecessary losses.
2.2. Particular items
Below you find the several items of the project. They are written in alphabetical order.
The aim of the project is to:
1. encourage production of all crops in the Valley by all families and so to increase their income and to alleviate hunger.
2. Create a bread basket that will feed the district and raise the standard of living of the Valley people.
We planned that this is only workable if the project can manage to provide the people of the valley with inputs e.g. Fertilizers, good seed and agricultural tools and education in modern agriculture.
From experience we know that paying cash for their produce increases the will to cultivate more.
The introduction of the Co-operatives will now ease the problem of inputs because farmers can now access the government subsidises inputs.
This year alone the valley through the formed societies have managed to buy 784 x 50 kg bags of fertilizers and 1960 kg of maize seed. This involves estimated 300 farmers.
Bonus. This year again we will be able to pay out bonuses to the farmers because we made a profit. This is especially for confidence building while setting up cooperatives .
With good rains, we expect in 2005/2006 a good yield. We also expect a successful marketing season and that people will have money enough to send their children to school and pay for medical care.
The people of the valley lack skills so we introduced this scheme to provide life skills for both old and young. Due to lack of advertising and poor communication, the information concerning this programme of training carpenters did not reach many people. With the formation of co-operatives, chances of publicising better are there.
The trainees are supposed to make furniture and other items when they are on training. Like now (2005/2006) Lumimba has been contracted to make 400 beehives for a co-operatives in the valley. We have already done the order by the workers we yet have to clear the remaining balance.
We have now 17 graduates in tailoring and carpentry. When these trainees graduate, they are expected to form clubs or associations in their own areas to continue with their life skill and that will also help them to generate income for them and their families. This will as well help the communities in the areas where these clubs will be have a cheaper source of furniture and help them have decent homes.
The people of the valleys have lagged behind in all activities because they lacked combining their efforts. Each and every one of them was fighting on his/her own. It is hoped that the formation of these societies will help the members to better communicate, and their combined effort will bear fruits in marketing and other enterprises. The project will now find it easy to coordinate all its activities be it in education, marketing, wholesale and other activities.
The basis of any people’s life depends on education. The project has found it a bit difficult to have the valley develop because of the high rate of illiteracy. This is not because the people are incapable but because they lack opportunities to learn. Teacher lack motivation and are poorly trained. The pupils are therefore ill equipped to go through the senior grades at school. All schools in the valley are poorly staffed. Mostly run by volunteers often made up of school drop outs.
This has prompted the Project to start a programme to sponsor trainee teachers to Teacher Training Schools or Colleges. The aim is to see that by the end of the programme, the Valley will have trained teachers in most schools. And that the quality of learning that will come out of the valley be comparable to any other district.
Because of the afore said, it has been difficult to find capable grade 12 school leavers who have the required entry qualifications for colleges. The previous years we have had difficulties to find these candidates, but this year, there has been a very good change. We have managed to send 19 students for primary school training and 3 for secondary school training.
To ease the problem of finding qualified students to go to colleges, the project has introduced a scheme where it is sponsoring gineous students to high schools so that we create a base for the professionals to be. We have sponsored 5 students.
In line to equip valley people with life skills, 17 candidates have been sent to Chipata Craft centre to specialise in Carpentry and tailoring, while 2 have been sent to Chipata Trades are doing mechanics.The composition of these trades persons is such that genda equality is put to use. So far 8 women have been sent for these courses. By end of the programme we want to have women clubs run by well equiped persons. Clubs that will be self sustaining and attached to co-operatives that will be financially and materially independent.
Two candidates are ear marked to take an agricultural Course which starts in the month of October 2006. All hope to improve the professional numbers of people to teach our communities in the Valley.
The aim of the Project is to create food reserves in the valley so that this is sold to people of the valley when their own reserves are finished. This means that some kind of storage facility has got to be created to facilitate this activity.In the same line one shed was constructed in Chifunda and this saved its purpose because in time of crisis we store what ever commodities we may have. In this case agriculture inputs and maize for relief and sales were stored in the new shed. A grand service indeed. The benefits of the storage shed to the community are endless. So the hope that immediatelly after the rainy season the shed at Mwanya will be constructed. Within the Shed is the room for a retail shop which gives the community a continuous servive
Agriculture being the main business of the Project. The project has to look at ways and means of adding value the produce that it buys from farmers of the valley in the process of marketing what ever we buy. This calls for Agro Industries. The rice mill we have, is doing a commendable job in this line.
All the rice we buy is polished by our own mill before selling; the marketing of it is no problem. We are still hoping that one day the ground nuts that are lacking a market will have its value by refining them into cooking oil; which can then be returned back to the valley where it will be in demand as a finished product. That could help bring down the level of malnutrition. This will also encourage people to produce more groundnuts and other oil seed crops which means additional income to the Valley populace.
Road, bridges and rehabilitation.
Communication, accessibility and road net work is “the” key to development. There can be no development without a proper road. The valley has been known for the impassable roads especially the rainy season.
The project tried for two years to raise and rehabilitate bridges but was disturbed the year 2005 because the Government contracted people on the Chitungulu – Lundazi road. The work we did is still alright. We are very happy to report now (2006) that the road has been given to us to continue with the construction works.
When the road will be all-weather, we are sure that whatever will be produced in the valley will find a market on the plateau. It will be easy to send patients to the hospital at any time. All in all movement to and fro will be easy.
The Valley people have been known to have been exploited by the traders for a very long time. The idea of this wholesale project to control the excessive prices charged by the people who had businesses in the valley on essential commodities e.g. soap, sugar, salt etc.
The extension of this to retail business to Co-operative societies will be a blessing too; it will bring the essential commodities to the communities in the Valley reducing the exploitative forces. This will mean good business for societies and additional income to members of the societies.
The mobility of the team and movement of the goods in and out of the valley indeed depends on the Projects available vehicles. Three years now the old truck has given the Project a lot of problems. It is costing a lot of money and time to maintain. We would like get a new lorry to operate better and carry the fifferent goods that need to be transported.
The new land cruiser we have suits the type of roads we have unlike the old one which was giving us problems every time we passed through the water. The only problem we anticipate is that we may over work it because it is involved in so many activities. This calls for an additional vehicle so that supervision of the project business is not affected.