NANCY SIAME, Lusaka
THE Patriotic Front (PF) in Southern Province has commended President Lunguâ€™s prompt efforts to eradicate armyworms which have invaded crops and threatened food security in some parts of the country.
Meanwhile, the ruling party in the province has appealed to the people of Zambia to respect the institution of the Presidency and continue supporting President Lungu to effectively achieve national development.
PF Southern Province vice information and publicity secretary Trymore Mwenda said the directive by President Lungu to relevant institutions to step up the fight against the armyworms outbreak shows political will to win the battle for food security.
â€œThe President wants Zambians to have adequate supply of food hence his directive, which came timely before more crops are destroyed,â€ Mr Mwenda said.
President Lungu last week directed the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) to join the Ministry of Agriculture in an emergency operation to curb the spread of armyworms in three provinces.
The destructive pests have invaded some districts on the Copperbelt, Luapula and Central provinces, where they are damaging the young maize crops.
The operation involves, among other Government agencies, the Zambia Air Force (ZAF) and has catered for unaffected provinces where chemicals have been delivered as a proactive measure in case the worms attack the staple crop.
Mr Mwenda said President Lungu has been instrumental to the success of the agriculture sector in the country and needs support from everyone.
â€œAn improved mechanised agricultural sector will boost yields and create wealth and jobs for the youths,â€ he said.
And Mr Mwenda said the directive by President Lungu to speed up the delivery of inputs under the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) is working effectively in the province deemed as the â€˜greenbeltâ€™.
He said farmers in Southern Province are receiving the inputs and urged farmers not to be swayed by some people who are bent on sabotaging Government projects in the area.
â€œFarmers should take advantage of Governmentâ€™s good will and be able to cultivate their fields under the FISP,â€ Mr Mwenda said.
Meanwhile Mr Mwenda has appealed to the people of Zambia to respect the institution of the Presidency.
â€œPresident Lungu was given a five-year mandate by the people of Zambia and so far he has â€˜Walked the Talkâ€™ by achieving a lot in infrastructure development, road network and agriculture and needs support from all of us Zambians,â€ he said.
NANCY SIAME, Lusaka