President Edgar Lungu says his administration is committed to promoting agriculture, despite the climate change effects and other challenges faced in the sector.
President Lungu said as a top leadership of the country, he remains resolved to lead by example in appreciating how the sector can be utilized to improve lives in communities and the nation at large.
The Head of State who was speaking during a courtesy call on Chief Mibenge of the Ushi people, in Mansa today, said he was happy that the traditional leader has taken agriculture seriously, and was leading by example as evidenced from the yield at his farm.
The President who was flanked by Minister of Agriculture Michael Katambo and Minster of Health Chitalu Chilufya, stated that there was need for farmers to embrace climate change resilient measures, by practicing conservation farming, growing drought resistant crops and applying advice from technocrats, if they are to yield good crops.
The President is in Mibenge Chiefdom of Mansa district to officiate at a National Agriculture Field Day organized by the Zambia National Farmers’ Union and other stakeholders, to learn more on how the traditional leader has successfully grown maize and other crops.
Earlier, Chief Mibenge praised the Republican President for his leadership that has resulted in Luapula Province receiving a fair share of development.
Chief Mibenge said he was humbled that the President was once again visiting the region barely two weeks after his last visit, adding that it was a sign of the great importance that the President attaches to the province.
The chief urged other traditional leaders and youths to venture into farming as a profitable business, especially for those not yet in formal employment.
Chief Mibenge also appealed to the Head of State to continue supporting traditional leaders with various developmental projects, in their various chiefdoms dotted across the country.