Dedza district continues to benefit from strategic government policies on infrastructure development in view of a road project that will ease travel between Linthipe and Lobi trading centres.
For many years people within the said stretch have struggled to transport passengers and commodities due to poor road conditions especially during rainy season.
In agricultural terms the Lobi area is known for maize and sweet potato farming.
Many of the commercial farmers in the area take their produce to Lilongwe City. More so, Lobi Trading Centre is a vibrant economic hub with many wholesale shops, eateries, a big market and many other small-scale ventures.
The academic impact of the Linthipe-Lobi road can also not been understated.
Some of the country’s best secondary schools are located at Lobi. These are the Roman Catholic-run Marist Secondary School, Mtendere Junior and Mtendere Secondary School.
Over decades these schools have enrolled students from all over Malawi and abroad. As such transport problems have been of great effect to the academic sector.
Construction of the road commenced in April and the project is set to finalise early next year. It is being bankrolled by Roads Fund Administration.
The development after assurances by Minister of Transport and Public Works Malison Ndau that that construction of the Thyolo-Thekelani-Muona-Bangula road which has stalled for eleven years will now resume .
The 92 kilometre road constructed by Mota-Engil will connect Thyolo Highlands to the agriculture-rich Shire River’s East Bank in Nsanje, is expected to be completed in 2019.
When completed, the $64 million (K44.8 billion at the current exchange rate) project is expected to ease transporting challenges of farm inputs and produce to and from various markets. The produce include bananas, tea and maize.
The road will also act as an alternative route to Nsanje besides the M1 road.
Government also said the 59km Chikwawa (Thabwa)-Chitseko-seven road will be constructed within two years with funding from the World bank.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :