President Edgar Lungu says the use of hand-held hoes will be a thing of the past in Zambia.
Mr Lungu says this is so because of modern innovations and technologies emerging in the agricultural sector.
He was speaking in Chisamba area when he officiated at the 2016 Third Expo-tech organised by the Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) being held at Gart Research.
The four-day expo, which started yesterday, ends tomorrow Saturday and has attracted 35 foreign firms and over 100 local dealers in the agricultural sector who are exhibiting and showcasing their products.
Mr Lungu said the expo is an opportunity for Zambia to do away with traditional methods to modern ways of farming.
He said this way Zambia would become a regional hub of the sub-Saharan Africa of food supply.
The President said government is implementing FISP, irrigation, fisheries and other remedial technologies to realise the regional hub status.
He commended the ZNFU for organising the expo-tech.
And speaking earlier, ZNFU President, Evelyn Nguleka, assured the Head of State of continued support of improving the agricultural sector.
Dr Nguleka said Zambia can become an industrialised country through modern technological innovations.
Meanwhile Agriculture Minister, Given Lubinda, disclosed that Zambia is expected to produce close to 2 million metric tonnes of maize in the 2015-2016 farming season.
Mr Lubinda added that Zambia can become a net exporter of value-added agricultural commodities.
Central Province Minister, Davies Chisopa, disclosed that his region would produce the highest grain in the entire country this year.
Mr Chisopa advised the ZNFU to hold the next expo-tech in Mkushi where there are farming blocks.