President Edgar Lungu has launched the distribution of relief food in Southern Province with a call on recipients not to resale the food supply.
And the President has committed government to improving agricultural productivity in some parts of the country despite the poor climatic conditions.
President Lungu says government wants to see an improved production of maize crop in Southern Province by encouraging innovative farming methods.
Speaking during the field day in Chief Siachitema’s area in Kalomo yesterday, President Lungu said government wants farmers to emulate innovative farming methods from farmers who have excelled in that areas.
The President said farmers countrywide should emulate good farming practices from Mr Raymond Mufwambi who has managed to get good yield despite poor rainfall in Southern Province.
And the President has launched the distribution of relief food in Southern Province, to help people who have been hit by hunger, adding that no one will die of hunger.
He said government has enough stock of maize in its reserve to give relief food to its citizens who have been affected by crop failure.
And Pannar Seed Managing Director Samson Nyendwa said his company will continue to partner with government to ensure farmers are equipped with new farming methods and supplied with quality seeds that can perform well during poor rainfall.
He said his company conducted 1,600 field days this year to help farmers get acquitted to new farming methods and agricultural technologies they can use to improve their farming.
At the same event, Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) President Javis Zimba called on the President to intervene in the pricing of maize grain so that they can earn enough from their produces.
Mr Zimba noted that the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) last bought maize at a very cheap price which he said disadvantages farmers.
He also appealed to the President to direct FRA to pay farmers on time this coming marketing season so that they can in turn buy inputs.