From NKWETO MFULA in Zambezi
GOOD agricultural policies have resulted in increased cultivation ofÂ rice in Zambezi in North-Western Province, Senior Chief Ndungu has said.
This is as a result of the rice scheme project on the Zambezi West bank.
In an interview at his palace in Mize capital on Tuesday, Chief Ndungu said in the 1980s, production of rice was done on a large scale but later drastically reduced.
Senior Chief Ndungu of the Luvale speaking people in Zambezi said with the current good agricultural policies on agriculture have enticed more farmers to go into rice farming thereby increasing production levels and improving the welfare of his subjects.
He said the production of rice which is being done on a large scale, will contribute positively towards the national food basket.
Chief Ndungu said Government has so far delivered two tractors to help in transporting rice to the Food Reserve Agency.
However, the traditional leader could not state the actual tonnage that is produced under the rice scheme project in Zambezi West.
â€œThousands of tonnes of rice are produced every year. Some of the crop produced during the last farming season has not been transported to the market. This is one of the many challenges faced by rice growers,â€ he said.
The chief also called on Government to consider constructing a bridge on Zambezi River to accelerate development in the area.
â€œDevelopment here is retarded because of lack of a bridge that will enable easy transportation of goods and materials for constructing infrastructure,â€ he said.