CHAMBO NG’UNI, Kabwe
CENTRAL Province permanent secretary Chanda Kabwe has urged civil servants in the region to venture into agriculture to boost their incomes and contribute to national food security.
And Southern Province permanent secretary Sibanze Simuchoba says district commissioners need to ensure district disaster management committees operate effectively in mitigating and responding to disasters.
Mr Kabwe said civil servants should acquire land for agricultural purposes to enhance food security at both household and national levels.
He said the establishment of Public Service Micro Finance Company Limited is among Government’s initiatives aimed at encouraging civil servants to access loans to buy agricultural implements.
Mr Kabwe was speaking during the Central Province Development Coordinating Committee meeting at Mulungushi University in Kabwe.
“Government is trying to encourage public service workers to venture into agriculture,” Mr Kabwe said.
He said as Government promotes economic diversification through agriculture, there is need for more civil servants to venture into farming.
“Civil servants should be able to buy land because implements are readily available under micro financing,” Mr Kabwe said.
Meanwhile, Mr Simuchoba says district commissioners need to ensure district disaster management committees operate effectively in mitigating and responding to disasters.
Mr Simuchoba,who attended the Central Province Development Coordinating Committee meeting for the first time, said Government has many pressing needs and this poses a challenge in responding to disasters.
Mr Simuchoba said district disaster management committees should be able to engage the people to understand their role in prevention and mitigation of disasters.
He said the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unity (DMMU) does not generate its own money but also depends on the national treasurer.
“DMMU is funded by the same public coffer. It’s not a bottomless pit that when you declare a disaster, then DMMU must find money,” he said.
He said when schools’ roofs are blown off, district commissioners can mobilise the community in the affected areas to raise funds to help address the problem.