Agriculture Minister Dora Siliya
Agriculture Minister Dora Siliya

GOVERNMENT has launched a new National Agricultural Policy and the strategy on the national agricultural extension and advisory services.
Speaking during the launch in Lusaka today, Agriculture Minister Dora Siliya reiterated government’s commitment to transforming the agriculture sector.

Ms. Siliya says the two documents have been developed in order to take into account the challenges which have been identified by stakeholders in the agriculture sector.

She says the second national agricultural policy encompasses agriculture diversification which will help focus on various crops apart from maize.

She adds that the policy also focuses on increasing production and productivity, noting the need for the country to take maximum advantage of the resources available to increase production.

Ms. Siliya says the policy document also includes the promotion of irrigation farming unlike the case has been where once the rains have ended, farmers become unproductive.

The Agriculture Minister states that government is confident that the two documents will help improve the agriculture sector.

Speaking at the same launch, Fisheries and Livestock Minister Michael Katambo says the strategy on national agricultural extension and advisory services is intended to provide various stakeholders extension services delivery within the framework to deliver effective pluralistic extension services in order to accelerate agriculture transformation and contribute to poverty reduction.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. Just shut your trap. After messing up the ministry and distributing inputs in February, this is when you have woken up from slumber? So these morons have had no agriculture policy all along? This is incompetence of the highest order and it explains why they have been looting national coffers with fake schemes like the E -voucher. When are we going to be serious with the way we run our affairs kanshi? Is this the breed that can move this country forward. The price of our staple food is still high and yet they lied that after offloading the cheap maize the prices will come down. What about the fake milling plants from China? If it were in the developed world, this misfit would have resigned along time ago, alas, its business as usual.

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    • Dakota Native American tribal wisdom, passed on from generation to generation, says:

      “When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount and get a different horse.”

      However, in Government, Education and Corporate Africa, more advanced strategies are often employed, such as:

      1. Buying a stronger whip.

      2. Changing riders.

      3. Appointing a committee to study the horse.

      4. Arranging to visit other countries to see how other cultures ride dead horses.

      5. Lowering the standards so that the dead horse can be included.

      6. Reclassifying the dead horse as ‘living impaired’.

      7. Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse.

      8. Harnessing several dead horses together to increase speed.

      9. Providing additional funding…

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    • 9. Providing additional funding and / or training to increase dead horse’s performance.

      10. Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse’s performance.

      11. Declaring that as the dead horse does not have to be fed, it is less costly, carries lower overheads and therefore contributes substantially more to the bottom line of the economy than do some other horses.

      12. Rewriting the expected performance requirements for all horses.

      And of course:-

      13. Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position!

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    • I DONT LIKE THIS BIITTTCCHH. FIRST HOW DO WE SINK SO LOW TO APPOINT A WHORE TV PRESENTER AT ZNBC TO MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE? THE BIITTTCCCCHHHH LOVES MONEY AND BLING BLING STUFF SHE WONT DO THE JOB PROFESSIONALLY OR PRODUCTIVELY

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    • The clueless admin of ECL goes on a field trip to Israel to learn how to grow Kale or Rape umusalu kwena iyi govt yaba chakolwa bwafya.Lesa tulubuleni kuli petition lekeni HH ateke

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  2. Its new policy after policy. A policy is likely to fail when the process of its formulation is flawed. PERIOD!!!!

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  3. Even the E-Vouchers came with a policy but failed lamentably.
    Delivery in Agriculture only happens with pragmatism not fanciful policy words imported from the moon by lunatics like Dola Silinya.

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  4. There’s bin no extension work on the ground since 2015 coz money for activities at district level last came in August 2015 and at the moment DACO’s are attending a FISP workshop in Lusaka using their salaries for accommodation and transport

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  5. Don’t trust anything coming from these crooks, they just figured out another way to steal. I would trust this bunch with dog food for my puppy.

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  6. Only a fooool can trust a minister with sky blue nail paint on her fingers and takes holidays with boyfriends in the US!!

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    • So true @jay jay, immaturity and lack of credibility. The current whole bunch is in it for themselves. Everything is designed to benefit them.

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  7. Minister of corruption, the minute this corruotion prone minister was appointed minister of agric I knew Rb wanted some money from agriculture sector to loot.It did not take long to hear maize gate scandal which this administration is struggling to shake off but like when someone has faeces flies cannot be avoided. We all know that ECL is a puppet of the Rb and had a hand in appointing her minister of agric to facilitate such maize gate deals as a lot of money will flow in agriculture. the puppet master has his pieces in place finance,agriculture for the purposes if looting and has the weak and drunken master to shield him from corruption cases even to the extent of having handed him back his immunity.Hope these cases are brought back after a new govt is ushered in after petition is won

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  8. How do you expect policies to work with your negative attitude? Change and be supportive in a positive way only then will policies work

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