NO Zambian will starve because of the poor harvest which has resulted from the dry spell that has been experienced in the country, says Vice President Inonge Wina.
Speaking during the second Agritech expo event in Chisamba, Ms Wina said the Government was ready to take measures to cushion hunger as a result of the dry spell.
Ms Wina said the affected areas would be targeted and that interventions had already been taken.
She said Government was committed to ensuring that it provided a conducive environment to enable agriculture development to thrive and contribute to the economic growth of the country.
Ms Wina said the farmers should take advantage of such events as the agritec expo where new innovative skills were exhibited to improve the farming activity in the country with new technologies.
“The participation of various stakeholders in such an event to disseminate information to farmers on modern technology is a laudable initiative,” she said. And Zambia National Farmers Union president Evelyn Nguleka said the low harvest in the 2014/2015 farming season was anticipated due to a poor rain pattern.
Dr Nguleka said it was imperative that the Government adopted policies such as Value Added Tax on livestock to support and enhance the agriculture sector. She said the event attracted about 10,000 participants which showed the growth in agriculture activities.
Dr Nguleka said agriculture sector provided platform for business, saying it was unfortunate that the dry spell had affected the activities.
She said Zambia had 40 percent of Southern Africa waters and therefore this year’s poor rain pattern was a source of worry. She said it was for this reason ZNFU had organised such an event to equip farmers with new innovative technogy to adapt the climate change.
Dr Nguleka blamed the poor harvest that would be experienced during this farming season to late delivery of farming inputs.
Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister Given Lubinda assured farmers that the Government had flagged off the 2015/2016 farming input distribution.
Mr Lubinda said the distribution of the next season’s farming inputs would be done by August to give ample time to farmers to prepare.
He said Zambian youths should take part in agriculture, especially with advanced new innovative technology.