THERE is need to restructure the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) to help end poverty in Zambia, says UPND President Hakainde Hichilema.
Mr Hichilema said agriculture had so much potential to reduce poverty and create employment.
Speaking when he addressed a series of meetings of party officials, church and traditional leaders in Rufunsa Constituency, Mr Hichilema said the current FISP structure served more businessmen than the farmers that really needed the support.
Mr Hichilema said he had been going round to inspect farming activities around the country.
“When you vote for us next year, UPND will be coming to you and consult with you on your development aspirations as we are doing now,” he said.
Mr Hichilema said he would be taking it upon himself to address the development challenges faced by those who were affected by poor roads, lack of water and hunger.
“We want parents to be at peace that their children are in schools, there are medicines in hospitals and as UPND, job creation remains top priority.” he said
Mr. Hichilema, said UPND had always lost elections in Rufunsa Constituency but in January the party won and would like them to now even work harder ahead of the 2016 elections.
“I request the people in Rufunsa, and all our supporters countrywide to make sure people got NRCs and register as voters as a passport to end poverty in the country,” he said.
Mr Hichilema appealed to Rufunsa residents to count on UPND skills to better manage the economy as opposed to the way things were currently being done.
He told the officials that he was committed to changing the office of the Presidency to serve the people of Zambia as a united country without any segregation or discrimination.
The UPND leader who is on a countrywide party mobilization and grassroots structure formation tour told the Rufunsa residents of his passion for farming as a means to reduce rising food prices and creating employment in Zambia.
Mr Hichilema said he looked forward to a situation where a Republican President could sit with people in their localities and discuss development with them.