President Edgar Lungu has called for concerted efforts among the farming community to ensure food security amid changing weather patterns being experienced in the country.
He said there is need to look for new ways of managing challenges being posed to the country’s agriculture by bad weather patterns through investment and research.
ZANIS reports that Mr Lungu said this today when he toured various stands at the 2015 Agritech Exposition being held at the Golden Valley Agricultural Research Trust (GART) in Chisamba District.
During the tour, President Lungu, who arrived in the presidential chopper accompanied by Agriculture Minister Given Lubinda and other government officials, rode on a tractor to the delight of the people attending the exposition.
Meanwhile, President Lungu said the Golden Valley Agriculture Research Trust (GART) should help in finding solutions to ensure that the country strives to be a food basket in the region.
He dispelled suggestions that the country is experiencing a drought and explained that the country was only suffering from unpredictable rains.
Mr Lungu observed that the prevailing poor rainfall pattern could be managed with combined efforts of research and support from the ministry of agriculture , farmers’ union and other stakeholders to achieve sustained agricultural productivity.
A seed marketing company, Kleina Karoo, known as K2 donated 250 bags of maize seed to the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) under the Office of the Vice President, towards disaster relief.
And Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) President Evelyn Nguleka said her organization was thrilled that the Head of State had come to acquaint himself with the happenings in the agricultural sector.
Dr Nguleka said the ZNFU appreciates governments efforts in revamping the agricultural sector.
And speaking after a marathon tour which lasted about two and a half hours, President Lungu said he was impressed with what he had seen at the Agritech exposition.
Mr Lungu urged the farming community to embrace modern methods of agricultural production in order to enhance productivity in the country.
President Lungu also said that government would consider realigning the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock in order to boost the livestock sector.