]GOVERNMENT should put in measures to mitigate the poor rainfall patterns to prevent the country from facing a serious hunger situation, says opposition Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) president Edith Nawakwi.
And Ms Nawakwi has advised Agriculture Minister Given Lubinda to go out in the field and check what was obtaining on the ground.
Ms Nawakwi claimed Mr Lubinda had detached himself from the realities on the ground and had not taken time to investigate the impact of the lack of rains.
Ms Nawakwi said Zambia was unlikely to produce and record a bumper harvest this season as pronounced by Mr Lubinda.
Speaking when she inspected some maize fields in Kasisi on Tuesday, Ms Nawakwi advised Mr Lubinda to acquaint himself with what was obtaining on the ground following the bad rain season that had affected most crops this season.
Ms Nawakwi said ever since Mr Lubinda was appointed Agriculture minister he had issued statements which did not reflect what was on the ground.
“Mr. Lubinda has been issuing statements from the comfort of his office at Mulungushi House without taking time to investigate what is obtaining on the ground in terms of this year’s crop yield,” she said.
Ms Nawakwi said Mr Lubinda should start preparing the nation on what lies ahead.
“Because from what I have seen here almost every field has dried up yet our minister is telling us that the price of maize will be reduced,” she said.
Ms Nawakwi said what she found at Kasisi has happened in most parts of Zambia because of the bad rains.
Meanwhile the opposition leader has called on women to stop being too dependent on Government because it will not sort out all the problems they were facing.
She advised the women to find other means of helping their families survive because Government will not put food on their tables.