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Lungu aims to transform Zambia Correctional Service

PRESIDENT Lungu graces a ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of two correctional facilities and houses at Mwembeshi on Thursday. PICTURE: EDDIE MWANALEZA/ STATE HOUSE

CHAMBO NG’UNI, Kabwe
PRESIDENT Lungu aims to transform the Zambia Correctional Service (ZCS) into commercial institution that will contribute to the growth of the agriculture sector and effectively contribute to the national food basket.
The World Bank has funded the mechanisation of ZCS’s correctional farms in four areas namely; Serenje, Luanshya Kabwe and Mpika which involves the installation of 21centre pivot irrigation.
Minister of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo said this when he toured Mukuyu Correctional Farm in Kabwe recently that President Lungu wants to see the farms starting operating at full capacity.
“The President wants the project [operationalisation of Nansanga Correctional Farm] to be actualised. We are looking forward to a situation where the correctional service with compete with the sister service, the Zambia National Service,” Mr Kampyongo said.
These are the 700 hectares Nansanga Correctional Farm in Serenje, Luanshya’s Chitwe Correctional Farm and Kabwe’s Mukuyu Correctional Farm  with a capacity of 310 and 300 hectares respectively while Lubambala Correctional Farm in Mpika has an area of 130 hectares.
He said the robust programme which will see the ZCS formerly Zambia Prisons Service positively contribute to the economy and boost the national food security.
ZCS Commissioner General Percy Chato said the mechanisation of the four correctional farms is a major boost in increasing production of maize and other crops.
“We can have the capacity of growing maize twice in a year and we can also have irrigation farming,” Mr Chato said.
Meanwhile, ZCS is expected to produce 400 tonnes of maize in the 2016/17 farming season against 285 tonnes during the 2015/16 farming season.
The maize which is produced for Kalonga Milling in Kabwe is used to produce mealie meal and sample (processed maize grain) to feed prisoners while the other is sold on the open market to the public.

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