FDD President Edith Nawakwi says Zambians are willing to eradicate poverty from their homes through hard work as opposed to getting handouts.
And Anne Katakula one of the latest beneficiaries of the FDD Start-Up Grants Project says politicians seeking to be elected should practically demonstrate what they will do for their people instead of making unattainable promises.
Speaking when she witnessed the delivery of the latest packages of Sun flower, maize and Soya beans seeds to Chibombo District Small Scale farmers, Ms. Nawakwi said the people of Zambia do not want handouts but want to earn their living by working hard.
She explained that she understood the sweetness which is in farming as she is a farmer and that she was educated and became what is today because of tilling the land.
“We as a Party we understand that the only way out of poverty for our rural communities and the country as whole is farming that is why we embarked on this project of helping small scale farmers. We realise that we can not help everyone but we hope to change the lives of the farmers we are helping. We also want to demonstrate that what Zambians need are not handouts but a supportive Government to help them grow enough for food and enough for cash.
“We also want to show the people in this country how we want to run the agriculture sector to move the country from being a copper dependant to an agriculture dependant economy. Zambians in rural communities have never known and will never know the sweetness of copper because mining companies are owned by foreigners. If I was to ask anyone seated at this meeting the color of copper most of you don’t know but we all know what farming can do to our lives,” explained Ms. Nawakwi.
She also noted that instead of putting money in people’s pockets as per their promise the PF has taken all the money to roads and neglected other needy areas such as schools and clinics which are a necessity as children and mothers are walking long distances to go school and clinics respectively.
She said smart governments are no longer building roads but engaging private partners to build and maintain them as roads are a business in this century.
Meanwhile Anne Katakula has called on politicians to add value to the lives of the people the intend to represent and rule as opposed to buying votes with salt and chibuku.
She commended Ms. Nawakwi for changing people’s lives through the grants from the party and that her actions as a leader speaks volumes of what she will do when the people of Zambia entrust her with power next year.
She said women in Chibombo will fully support her and her party further imploring men and women across the country to rally behind the FDD as the party has demonstrated what they will bring to the governance of the country through actions and not promises.
Ms. Nawakwi on Sunday witnessed the distribution of Sun flower, Soya beans and maize seeds as well as other requirements including chemicals for weed control and knapsack sprayers among others to Chibombo District small scale farmers.