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Govt disburses agriculture inputs worth K198,000

CHRISTINE CHIHAME, Mansa
GOVERNMENT has disbursed agriculture inputs worth K198,000 to 77 households in Mansa district in Luapula Province under the programme dubbed: ‘First 1, 000 Most Critical Days’.
The First 1, 000 Most Critical Days Programme aims to scale up proven nutrition interventions to reduce childhood stunting.
Mansa acting district commissioner Evans Sikabbuba disclosed that 231 50-kilogramme bags of D-compound fertiliser, 231 50 kg bags of Urea and 231 pockets of five-kg bags of orange maize were disbursed to the 77 families.
The beneficiaries are from three wards namely Mansa, Chansusu and Chilyapa.
He said during the hand-over of the inputs yesterday that the programme is aimed at reducing stunting in children below the age of two.
“By empowering these families, we want to also promote the consumption of orange maize as it is very rich in Vitamin A,” Mr Sikabbuba said.
He said the programme is targeting pregnant women, lactating mothers and families with children below the age of two.
Mr Sikabbuba said Government has a vision to empower the community to reduce poverty at household level.
He said Government is aware about the challenges the community is facing prompting it to embark on various empowerment programmes aimed at eradicating poverty.
Mr Sikabbuba said the Patriotic Front (PF) administration will ensure the social and economic status of vulnerable people in the community is improved.
He urged the beneficiaries to utilise the fertilizer for the intended purposes to ensure a good yield, which will benefit the family.
And Mary Mwelwa, a beneficiary, thanked Government for the gesture, which she described as timely.

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