Agriculture Minister Given Lubinda has assured that Zambia is still food secure despite low rainfall being recorded in most parts of the country.
Mr Lubinda observed that the Zambian Government will not allow any Zambian to starve in an event of a drought this rainy season.
He however stated that the northern parts of Zambia have been receiving normal rainfall so far.
Mr Lubinda hoped that the above normal rainfall recorded in places such as Muchinga and Northern and some parts of the Copperbelt could result in sufficient production of food crops to last till the next harvest.
He was speaking in Lusaka on Saturday when he addressed a PF General’s forum on the state of the agriculture sector.
‘The reports we are receiving as a Ministry is that the Northern parts are doing Ok so far with regard to rainfall recorded. I am not personally bothered with the dryness we are seeing in Lusaka because we will have sufficient food,’ Mr Lubinda said.
‘In any case, if we do have a drought, there is nothing that will stop this Government from importing food from neighbouring countries because Zambia has been exporting to most of its neighbours in the recent past, there is nothing shameful about importing food,’ Mr Lubinda said.
Mr Lubinda also lashed out at some civil society organisations accusing them of spreading alarming reports about the country’s food situation.
He said CSO’s should desist from alarming the public about the food situation by issuing what he called unverified reports.