BUTTYSON KANDIMBA, Solwezi
GOVERNMENT attaches importance to the growth of the agriculture sector as it has potential to raise productivity and
ensure households are food secure, North-Western Province Minister Richard Kapita has said.
Mr Kapita said Government will continue to support small-scale farmers with subsidised farming inputs under the electronic voucher system.
“This programme will enable farmers have a wider choice of inputs such as assorted types of fertiliser, seed, insecticides, herbicides, agricultural lime, livestock feed, veterinary drugs and fingerlings,” he said.
Mr Kapita was speaking when he addressed farmers at the 56th North- Western Provincial Agricultural, Industrial and Commercial Show held at the new showgrounds in Mitukutuku area.
He also said Government will this year purchase 500,000 metric tonnes of white maize for strategic food reserves of which the province has been allocated 65,000 metric tonnes.
“The Food Reserve Agency will open satellite depots as soon as the moisture content reaches 12.5 percent,” Mr Kapita said.
He cautioned farmers in the province to prioritise household food security needs and not sell all their produce as this may lead to household food insecurity.
Mr Kapita also said Government, in partnership with International Fund for Agriculture Development, has spent K9,897,669 to support 27 farmer organisations and individuals in the province through small-holder agribusiness promotion programmes.