Zambia National Service (ZNS) has installed and operationalised 12 Centre Pivots for crop irrigation covering 720 hectares of land under irrigation.
ZNS Chief of Administration, Brigadier General Benson Miti who was speaking at the 2018 Luamfumu Officers Annual Ball in Mansa, said ZNS has continued with the robust expansion programme of installing irrigation centre pivots in ZNS farming areas around the country.
He said this is to ensure that the increasing unpredictable weather pattern experienced in Zambia due to climate change is avoided.
Brigadier General Miti noted that the installation of centre pivots is still on-going and eight centre pivots are at different levels of installation.
He added that once the eight centre pivots are installed and operational ZNS will be able to put to crop 1,230 hectares of irrigated high value crops in the country at any given time.
Meanwhile, ZNS Luamfumu Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Luke Mumba said the ranch for ZNS Luamfumu Unit has become financially independent and able to acquire equipment and build the required infrastructure using locally generated resources.
He noted that the unit is steadily recording growth in the number of animals that stands at 259 animals and has since started supplying beef to the local market in Luapula province.
Lieutenant Colonel Mumba said the Unit is focusing to grow the herd above 400 by the end of the 2019 year.
He explained that in order to grow a herd of 400, the Unit has embarked on a pasture development project that will see ZNS being able to grow animal feed such as Panicum Mombaca Rhodes grass for the first time in the province.