Copperbelt Minister Bowman Lusambo says the Copperbelt region has tremendous potential to produce vast amounts of food that can feed the entire southern African region.
And a one day Copperbelt Consultative Indaba held in Ndola on Saturday has resolved to strengthen coordination between Government’s provincial and district planning departments and the private sector in order to accelerate development in the province.
Mr Lusambo said stakeholders in the Province need to work together and ensure that the goal to diversify the region from copper dependence to agriculture is realised.
He said districts such as Masaiti, Mpongwe, Lufwanyama and other rural parts of the Copperbelt have capacity to produce enough food to meet SADC’s food requirements.
Mr Lusambo was speaking in Ndola when he officially opened a one day Copperbelt Consultative Indaba aimed at aimed at deliberating on how best the province can move forward in light of the economic challenges arising from the fall in metal prices.
The forum was attended by traditional leaders drawn from Lamba land, Copperbelt Members of Parliament, the business community in the area including civil leaders from all the councils in the province.
In his opening remarks, Mr Lusambo called for strengthened coordination between technocrats working in Government, political leaders and other stakeholders.
He said the PF government has identified agriculture as a key alternative to mining which he said should be fully exploited.
Mr Lusambo said government is implementing various development projects across the province that will stimulate the growth of the agriculture sector such as the construction of appropriate infrastructure.
The Provincial Minister emphasised that failure to coordinate all development efforts will see the province fail to realise its full potential.
“The Copperbelt has the potential to feed the entire SADC region but it has failed to reach its full potential because of the lack of coordination. This province will never be the same again if we work together, putting aside our minor differences. My dream is to see the Copperbelt turned around,” Mr Lusambo said.
Mr Lusambo also cautioned the Province to guard against what he called dubious investors flocking the province.
He warned that the province will not allow dubious investors to come and exploit the resources just to enrich themselves saying the province is a no-go zone area for dubious investors.
All town clerks, Mayors and Council Secretaries shared their respective plans and budgets for 2017 and highlighted potential areas of investment in their towns and districts.
At the same event, Chairperson for Copperbelt Members of Parliament Alexander Chiteme assured the delegates that the elected officials in the province have the necessary political will to drive development.
Mr Chiteme who is also Nkana Member of Parliament commended Mr Lusambo for initiating the meeting which was well attended by heads of government departments and parastatals, Independent MPs, Chiefs and other stakeholders.
Meanwhile, Copperbelt Permanent Secretary Rev. Dr Howard Sikwela informed the gathering that some of the developmental ideas put forward will be incorporated into the 2018 national budget.
Did Chishimba Kambwili attend this consultative meeting. Can someone confirm
Yea you are right they can feed the whole sadc army worms
akankunkunbiti represented the Hon. Dr. C. Kambwili BA, MA, PHD
Is Kambwili a factor and why?
Lusambo is a cadre with a suit.
He doesnt know what he is talking about.
iwe ka Bowman Chi.kala….only Southern province and it’s hardworking people can feed the nation and SADC at large!
Luapula can feed entire Zambia.
Copper belt is good at producing thugs.
– ka Chanda
All thugs depending on street call-boys.
Liar!!! stop it….. Bowman what’s wrong with you kanshi? Boza, ulabeja wenye…
Unfortunately, the Copperbelt is full of bakaponya who want instant money. These loafers and crooks cannot wait 4 months to harvest any agricultural produce. That’s like a lifetime for them. They prefer instant money from crooking and threatening Chinese or procurement frauds or stealing copper (Black Mountain or from in-transit trucks). Lusambo is barking down his smelly bottom.
“Copperbelt can feed entire SADC region”-Lusambo
But can it just feed local Zambians with an incompetent and corrupt PF Government?
I think NOT!
Dreaming is not prohibited, but the way of dreaming must be realistic.
LUSAKA TIMES WHY HAVE YOU FAILED TO ANNOUNCE THE BEST BLOGGER. WHAT ARE YOU SCARED OF. WE DEMAND YOU RELEASE THE RESULTS. WHY DID YOU WASTE PEOPLE TIME VOTING IF YOU WANTED A PARTICULAR PERSON TO WIN. LET ME WARN YOU THAT THE LONGER YOU TAKE TO ANNOUNCE THE MORE CURSES YOU ARE BRINGING ON YOUR FAMILIES AND SHORTENING THEIR LIVES. DON’T SAY I DIDN’T WARN YOU. Lusambo does not know what his job description is. Let him learn from noisy kambwili. He will get fired also wait and see
Please Please guys forgive my brother Lusambo. He is a mentally retarded used condom. He meant that copper belt can feed entire sadc army worms. Fried rice and army worms. Kikiki typical pf cadre
NEZ, Calm down my bro. Too much ukuzanda is no good for your health.
Let us abash Lusaka times. They have failed to announce best blogger after people overwhelmingly voted for me. They wanted a pf cadre to win but I am glad you people shamed them. I was right when I said that this website is pf biased. They only report on lungu. Please let us move to Zambia reports
You voted yourself by cheating. No one knows you. Lusaka times have said the poll is null and void.
Shut up and get lost.
wanzelu kabebe banoko ifyo ****** we. Until lusaka times officially address me through an article on the status of those polls I will continue telling the truth and requesting them to publish the results. Who do you think you are? You are just an economic refugee in UK who is just barely surviving. please come back home and face me like a man. chicolur
This Lozi NEZ (new educated Zambia UPND ) gnat why is it so pre-occupied with results?
Lusambo has vision. Listen to him. Give him a chance.
Lusambo- the chief Lungu ass-licker!
Do these people know the meaning of the word diversification? Agriculture has been the backbone of our economy for a long time, where have you fools taken all the bampa harvest that this country has produced? To Malawi and Zimbabwe through deals stinking of corruption. We will put up infrastructure balblabla, same old song chewing sitting allowances on these fake meeting bakolwe imwe. Your minister is busy taking selfies with rapists and your leader always gallivanting from place to place like no man’s business. Get real and solve real problems, army worms are giving you sleepless nights sure or you want to pray again to eradicate worms?
Dreaming is what makes things happen. It’s what creates empires and dethrones kingdoms. Because of it, we now can fly, go to the moon, find cures for hitherto incurables. It’s what is transforming that tiny country called Rwanda. It’s what can make America great again and Copperbelt feed the whole of the SADC region. Despise it at your own peril. Get lost.
He may be right, but for as long as agro chemicals and other inputs are not stolen by people entrusted. By the way what’s Bowman,s comment on the 30ltrs missing from his office?
Ba Mwisho, well said Ba Lusambo, don’t pay attention to the nay sayers! You Mr Lusambo are a true son of the Copperbelt red soils! A Lamba by tribe and a brother who knows what the immense potential is of the Copperbelt, while these other provinces such as Southern and Western have been cursed by God for being followers of a certain Luceferian tribal organisation aka the United Party for National Destruction/ Dunderheads on the otherhand the Copperbelt, Luapula, Northern and Eastern have been blessed with abundant rainfall..Amen!
Please typing error,he meant to say southern province…
Lusakatimes recognise NEZ now….or else
Ka Mushota, in we say “Lusambo in a jacket . . . . ! And not Lusambo with his jacket”! So Mushota meant that Lusambo was walking, his jacket was also walking!
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