Government should seriously invest in irrigation farming to boost the agriculture sector and enhance the export market potential, Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) has advised
“As a country, we have unexploited potential in irrigation sector therefore there is need to accelerate efforts towards this sector so that we do not become vulnerable to weather patterns,’’ JCTR national coordinator Fr Leonard Chiti said.
He said there was need to invest in key areas of agriculture given the droughts some parts of the country were experiencing.
‘’With droughts being experienced by the country, it is awake-up call for Government to seriously take the issue of investing in irrigation farming seriously,’’ he said.
Fr Chiti said lack of investment in irrigation had affected the food diversification programme. He said the country was lagging in terms of agriculture diversification due to lack of investment in key areas such irrigation. And Fr Chiti has challenged Government to explain to the nation why it intends to import maize when it recently announced that the country had enough maize stocks. He said Government should tell the nation where it had taken the maize stock which was recently announced to be available.
‘‘We are wondering why Government intends to start importing maize when earlier it announced that the country had enough maize stocks. Government should tell the nation where it has taken the maize stocks which were recently announced to be available,’’ he said. He however said imported maize would assist in terms of relief food for communities which were affected by the drought.
‘’It is the responsibility of Government to provide relief food to its citizens,’’ Fr Chiti said.
– Courtesy Millennium Radio 90.5 FM