Sunday, July 21, 2024

Government Expresses Concern Over Prolonged Dry Spell in Southern Zambia

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The government has voiced its concerns regarding the prolonged dry spell affecting the southern half of the country. Chief Government Spokesperson, Cornelius Mweetwa, expressed apprehension over the lack of rainfall in the region for the past three weeks.

In an interview with ZNBC News, Mr. Mweetwa emphasized the potential implications of the dry spell, warning that if the situation persists, the nation could face a poor harvest. He highlighted the critical need for rainfall to support agricultural activities and ensure successful crop yields.

Mr. Mweetwa, who recently visited one of his farms in Kalomo’s Mukwela area, shared his firsthand observations of the adverse effects of the dry spell on agriculture. Despite the government’s efforts to provide support to farmers through initiatives such as the procurement of fertilizers and seeds, concerns remain regarding the viability of maize crops due to the insufficient rainfall and low soil moisture content.

As authorities continue to monitor the situation closely, efforts may be intensified to mitigate the impact of the dry spell on farmers and ensure sustainable agricultural practices in the affected regions.

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    • Poor God, why is it that anyone can invoke God’s name in whatever scheme they’re involved in? Does God really exist and is all kind and powerful or is simply a concept like numbers? A Jewish man who was raised as a Christian gave up on religion in the 1940s when he found out that Christians on both sides of world war two were praying to God for their side to triumph.

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    • Goodness gracious! Zambia, the country with the largest number of water bodies in Africa is mourning the lack of water? It just goes to show we have no leadership except ego-serving Presidential candidates that are very self-satisfied with their entry into State House.
      In 60 years of independence, why havent we embarked on water retention projects on all our rivers? Why dont our lakes supply farmers with vast sources of their water for irrigation?

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  1. Kci, stop speaking on behalf of God. On the other hand Mweetwa should know that God helps those who help themselves. When Zambia still depends on rainfed agriculture 60 years after independence, then for sure God will not help Zambians who dont want to help themselves use the water resources they have. Just offloading FISP fertilisers and seeds to small scale farmers without thinking of the limitations of depending on rainfed agriculture will not address the challenges faced by small scale farmers. Public resources should be invested in irrigation schemes including using solar powered water pumps and irrigation infrastructure.

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  2. Hope you don’t use it as an excuse for the poor yield. After being sent to see the Upnd local chairman to realign my membership for FISP I decided to buy on my own. While others were struggling to get their FISP I started planting and I thank God I’m in for a decent harvest. I feel sorry for my neighbours who had to wait up to almost end of December to start planting.

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  3. Lets see those who revere God on this site. Refrain from mentioning God in all this, and pity yourselves as objects of wrath to come.

  4. There’s areas outside the Southern part of the country that can be incentivized in the meantime to compensate for this dry spell and consequently feed the deprived regions. This is why it is a unitary state after all. And that’s also how karma works.

  5. There is no God sitting somewhere to provide rains for farmers. Only people who believe in miracles can be sitting praying hoping a God will answer their prayers to have adequate rains for each farming season. When one writes that God helps those who helps themselves it means that writer is saying dont depend on a non existent God to solve your problems. Find workable solutions to address these problems within your contexts and resource envelopes. Areas currently affected by droughts should be in the forefront being supported to invest in irrigation farming. A unitary state should aim at supporting all farming areas achieve their full potential.

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  6. THE Zambia Meteorological Department (ZMD) says the country is likely to experience reduced rainfall in the 2023/2024 rainy season.

    The department has attributed the anticipated reduced rainfall activities to the El Nino, which will influence the 2023/2024 rainy season.
    This alert was issued along time ago and nobody bothered to make preparation and farmers were not informed, can our agriculture survive with such ……………….

    • The same Met Dept misled people by advising them not to plant early…. this to me looks like they wanted to cover for government’s delay and chaotic distribution of inputs. I planted early using my own inputs and my maize have matured.

  7. The alert sent by mete
    THE Zambia Meteorological Department (ZMD) says the country is likely to experience reduced rainfall in the 2023/2024 rainy season.

    The department has attributed the anticipated reduced rainfall activities to the El Nino, which will influence the 2023/2024 rainy season.
    This alert was issued along time ago and nobody bothered to make preparation and farmers were not informed, can our agriculture survive with such ……………….

  8. Goodness gracious! Zambia, the country with the largest number of water bodies in Africa is mourning the lack of water? It just goes to show we have no leadership except ego-serving Presidential candidates that are very self-satisfied with their entry into State House.
    In 60 years of independence, why havent we embarked on water retention projects on all our rivers? Why dont our lakes supply farmers with vast sources of their water for irrigation? When El nino first hit independent Zambia in 1991 the technocrats discussed how dam water could be preserved for droughts with politicians acknowledging them. Then, they immediately went to sleep. El Nino is back to ask us dont we learn our lessons?

  9. Goodness gracious! Zambia, the country with the largest number of water bodies in Africa is mourning the lack of water? It just goes to show we have no leadership except ego-serving Presidential candidates that are very self-satisfied with their entry into State House.
    In 60 years of independence, why havent we embarked on water retention projects on all our rivers? Why dont our lakes supply farmers with their vast sources of water for irrigation? When El nino first hit independent Zambia in 1991 the technocrats discussed how dam water could be preserved for droughts with politicians acknowledging them. Then, they immediately went to sleep. El Nino is back to ask us dont we learn our lessons?

    • That’s where old Super Kenny beats them. Unfortunately we the people were convinced that he was a stumbling block and ejected him in disgrace only to replace him with crooks.

  10. From the comments above it is clear that at this point in time we should have had sufficient dams and lack of rain in one area should not be a risk. If our friends can produce food from deserts, why do we fail to feed ourselves with such resources as our rivers. Also the current govt has not put enough resources in agriculture and are focusing on mining disproportionately. GRZ through National Service should build enough dam and optimize the river courses. They should also protect our catchment areas from deforestation. We are dropping the ball again on agriculture.

    • The great Gaddafi created farmland in a desert without the help of any foreign aid. He initiated a project called the Great Man-Made River (GMMR) in the 1980s. This created rivers from underground water resources called aquifers, under the desert sands. In this project there was extensive drilling and construction of pipelines to pump water from aquifers to the suirface. The water was supplied to populated coastal areas for domestic use, industrial purposes, and agricultural irrigation. And here you are readying yourselves to officially mourn a drought when you have Luapula, Luangwa, Kafue, Zambezi, Lualaba rivers plus more

  11. There is too much w@t#hcraft in Southern Province at the moment. It is time some leaders repented what there are doing. “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

  12. uza muziba Jesu it is not only southern part of zambia mwisho this is the whole country.What is wrong with you kanshi mmmm this kind of thinking will take us no where mmmmmm alaaaa think out side the box and not inclining yourself to one particular part of the country whilst even in the copperbelt it is not raining weeeeeeee.Can some one tell me who knows history,who was called ”Ba Munyama” during chachacha.

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