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Cashew nut answer to West poverty – Wina

VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina plants a cashew nut tree in Sibumbu village in Nalolo District recently. PICTURE: ELIZABETH CHATUVELA

ELIZABETH CHATUVELA, Nalolo
VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina says there is need to pay more attention to cashew nut production because it offers the answer to poverty in Western Province.
Mrs Wina said the province must focus on cashew production as it has the potential to contribute to the well-being of the people.
She said this here on Wednesday when she planted the first cashew tree in Nalolo district under the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) cashew project.
The AfDB has pumped US$55.4 million into the cashew project which will be rolled out to 10 districts.
“I’m very passionate about tree planting and reforestation. The cashew project will be the answer to poverty reduction in Western Province  and now that I’m here to plant the first tree, I hope others will take note of this and be part of the project,’’ she said.
Mrs Wina said that there is need to plant fruit trees across the country.
She directed district commissioners and permanent secretaries across the country to find land where trees will be planted.
Mrs Wina said President Lungu is expected to launch the tree planting week any time.
Western Province agricultural co-ordinator Alex Chilala said the demonstration by Mrs Wina is vital because it signifies the start of tree planting in Nalolo.
And principal forestry officer Innocent Simasiku assured Mrs Wina that the tree she planted would be nurtured by the district officer.
Mrs Wina handed over cashew trees to a women’s club in Nalolo.
Mrs Wina commended the women for leading the way in planting trees.

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