Zambia Water Forum and Exhibition (ZAWAFE) has called for proper utilisation of rain water.
ZAWAFE Chairperson Imasiku Nyambe observed that water harvesting in Zambia has not been fully exploited.
Speaking to ZANIS in an exclusive interview, Professor Nyambe said with prudent management of rain water, Zambia’s food security can be enhanced both at household and national level.
He explained that the harvested water can be used in the dry season for irrigating crops at household and commercial level.
Prof. Nyambe noted that water harvesting is critical in mitigating effects of climate change.
He said Zambians at household level should take full advantage of the favourable rains the country is receiving by engaging in water harvesting.
Prof Nyambe pointed out that the country’s food security will be more secure if both rain water and harvested water is utilised prudently.
At National level, Prof Nyambe said dams should be constructed that can be used to store rain water which can later be used for other purposes during the dry spell.
He stressed that there is need to take a leaf from countries like South Africa that have been hard hit by climate change.
Prof Nyambe said Zambia should up its efforts in the management of water resources.