Newly appointed Agriculture Minister Dora Siliya says she will work tirelessly to make the agriculture sector the mainstay of the Zambian economy in the next five years.
Ms. Siliya who was today sworn in President Edgar Lungu as Agriculture Minister stated that the sector has immense opportunity which needs to be exploited.
Ms. Siliya said a lot of promises were made during the campaign period especially regarding the agriculture sector and that now is the time to actualise the promises.
She said she will work towards growing the volume of agriculture exports to regional markets as a way of increasing foreign exchange earnings.
Ms. Siliya said one of her commitments during her tenure as Agriculture Minister will be to make the country food secure.
She said her Ministry will also invest heavily in research and development in order to maximise the country’s earnings from agriculture.
Ms. Siliya said most countries that have recorded significant agriculture development have invested heavily in research and development.
She said the Ministry of Agriculture will modernise and revamp all the existing agriculture training institutions in order to carry out extensive research in agriculture development.