Smuggling danger to food security – Wina

VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina says the smuggling of food items, especially from the Copperbelt and Muchinga into the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Malawi, is posing a food security risk to the country.
And Mrs Wina says Government is looking into the plight of freedom fighters to ensure that they live comfortable lives.
Mrs Wina said although the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) is mandated to step in when there is hunger in some parts of the country, this can be avoided if smuggling is contained.
She said this in Chinsali yesterday when she paid a courtesy call on Muchinga Province permanent secretary Bright Nundwe.
“Government will not supply food to people who are perpetuating smuggling,” she said.
Mrs Wina urged the people of Muchinga to actively engage in farming as the area has potential to feed the nation if the massive land is fully utilised.
This is according to a statement issued yesterday by her senior private secretary Sheila Siwela.
Mrs Wina also urged farmers to take advantage of co-operatives and enhance agro-food processing, especially in resettlement areas.
Mr Nundwe said Muchinga is the fourth biggest province in the country with massive land, most of which can be used for agriculture purposes.
And speaking when she met freedom fighters, Mrs Wina said Government is looking into their plight through the introduction of a social protection programme.
Mrs Wina said Government appreciates the contribution which the freedom fighters made to liberate the country.
“We rely on freedom fighters to instil peace and unity across the country,” she said.
The Vice-President is in Muchinga for a three-day working visit.


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