Government has expressed its gratitude to the World Vision International for its commitment to find a lasting solution to food insecurity problems in the country.
Southern Province Permanent Secretary Gladys Kristfor said the the International organisation’s efforts are in line with government’s policy of achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) in the area of food security other than crop diversification, construction of grain storage sheds, and dip tanks.
Mrs Kristafor said government is working hard to protect livestock from contagious diseases that have wiped out many animals and brought suffering to the people of Southern Province.
She said this in a speech read on her behalf that by the Deputy Permanent Secretary Alfred Chingi at the handover ceremony of a dip tanks and two grain storage sheds built by world vision at a cost of 262, 980,339.
Mrs Kristafor expressed happiness that the organisation’s C-FAARM projects involve local people in identifying and implementing projects that responds to community challenges.
The World Vision International , under the Consortium for food Security , Agriculture and Nutrition Aids Resilience and Marketing (C-FAARM) project, has constructed a dip tank in Munyati and a grain storage sheds in Sinanjola and Sianvwemu.
Sinazongwe District Commissioner (DC) Oliver Pelete also said the World Vision has been working in all areas of developmental sectors and the construction of the dip tank has increased the number of them to nine in the district.
Mr Pelete, however, said most of them were not being used and the Veterinary department is working hard to ensure that people in the district understand the benefit of dipping their animals to protect them from diseases.
The DC said the dip tanks cost a lot of money and it was vital for local communities to make use of them.
And World Vision Zambia operation Manager Fordson Kafweku says his organisation has built about 26 key infrastructures to support the local communities.
Mr Kafweku noted that the C-FAARM project has also provided food aid to over 14,187 to vulnerable people.
“ I am proud that 20 communities that we have worked with over the years have disaster risk reduction plan in place and are increasingly using early warning signs to improve their preparedness,” Mr Kafweku said.