‘6 provinces promising good maize yields’

DEPUTY Minister of Agriculture Maxas Ng’onga says the country will have good maize yields in six provinces despite the devastating drought that has hit some parts of the country.
Mr Ng’onga said in an interview in Lusaka on Monday that good maize yields are expected in Luapula, Central, Northern, Muchinga, Copperbelt and Eastern Provinces.
“We have encouraged farmers in provinces that have experienced poor rains to practise conservation farming. One of the things we have been encouraging them is to adopt products like cassava, beans and vegetables that are drought-resistant,’’ he said.
Mr Ng’onga assured farmers that Government has a good plan to ensure that no one starves, including people in drought-prone areas.
“Zambians should not panic, nobody will starve or die of hunger. Government will ensure that the food stocks in the country are not sold outside the country,’’ Mr Ng’onga said.
He is confident that the e-voucher system would be implemented better in the 2016/17 farming season as compared to the 2014/15 season.
“The e-voucher is a new system that was piloted in 13 districts, most of them in Southern Province. It has yielded positive results. The only place where we faced problems are Kalomo and Kabwe and it is because of the delays in printing and distributing the e-cards,’’ he said.

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