Speaking when she featured on the Sunday Interview on Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) television, Mrs Wina said it is unfortunate that so many people lost jobs on the Copperbelt despite Government’s efforts to engage the mines early last year to minimise or prevent job losses.
And Mrs Wina condemned the political violence in the country over the recent past.
“The incidence of political violence has increased because those who are engaged in the act do not realise the damage they are putting on the country, especially in the area of attracting investors,” Mrs Wina said.
She said it is important for Zambians to realise that Zambia is known to be a peaceful country globally and that this reputation should be protected.
Mrs Wina said politicians who think that violence can help their political parties to grow are doing a disservice to the country.
And the Vice-President said Government is taking precautions to ensure that people do not starve as a result of the devastating drought that has hit most parts of the country.
“We have streamlined the distribution or sale of maize to millers. We have also expanded the agricultural sector in the northern parts of the country by encouraging farmers to plant crops like beans, cassava and other legumes that can survive,” Mrs Wina said.
She said Government is in the process of importing maize to cushion the grain deficit.
Mrs Wina said the national strategic reserves are still intact but the reserves will not last up to 2017.
She said Government is now looking at increasing agriculture production to include growing other crops like coffee, rice, cashew nuts and expanding other sectors such as animal husbandry.
The Vice-President said Government will buy up to over 2,000 solar-powered hammer mills which will be distributed throughout the country to help reduce the price of mealie-meal.