Government has called on civil servants and small scale farmers in Mwense District in Luapula province to be active players in national economy development by engaging in various agriculture activities ..
Mwense District Commissioner (DC) Geoffrey Chipampata says Government through the Public Service Financing has introduced affordable loans for agriculture implements such as tractors to enable civil servants and small scale farmers to participate in agriculture activities.
He said the country’s over dependence on copper is long gone adding that full participation in agriculture by all citizens would contribute positively to the economic growth.
“Agriculture is a backbone of the economy hence the need for everyone to engage in agriculture production of any kind such as farming, gardening, livestock, aquaculture among others,” he said.
Mr. Chipampata also implored small scale farmers and entrepreneurs to engage in profitable and sustainable activities that benefit their communities and families.
Mr. Chipampata also expressed happiness to note that the district is yet again earmarked for a bumper harvest.
He said though government has lifted a ban on export of maize, farmers should not rush in selling their produce to the briefcase businessmen but wait for the maize marketing season and sale their produce at good price to the Food Reserve Agency.
The Lukwesa Agriculture Block show was held under the theme promoting a green economy.