AS the 2021 crop marketing season approaches, President Edgar Lungu has urged the Ministry of Agriculture, through the Food Reserve Agency to quickly finalise all initial preparations for the 2021 marketing season and pay farmers on time for the supply of crops.
Speaking at the national agriculture field day in Mpika district, Muchinga province, President Lungu expressed optimistic that this year will record a bumper harvest.
“In addition to the good harvest realised in 2020, all indications are pointing to the fact that the agriculture sector will yet again, record another bumper harvest in 2021.This will be a commendable achievement, to which much credit should be bestowed on all players who have contributed to this accomplishment,” he said.
He also commended the ongoing input distribution exercise for the 2021/2022 farming season which he said is progressing well.
President Lungu said government will not relent until all farming inputs are delivered to farmers before the rainy season begins.
“In this regard, i wish to commend the Ministry of Agriculture, all contracted input suppliers, and other service providers for the good job being done to manage the input distribution exercise,” he said.
The Head of State advised small-scale farmers to resist any temptation to sell their fields to unscrupulous traders, who are only interested in making a profit at the expense of vulnerable farmers.
“With the measures the agency will put in place, i expect that the issue of briefcase buyers, who are always going round to look for opportunities to take advantage of small-scale farmers, will be addressed.My government acknowledges the important role that the private sector and cooperating partners play in complementing our efforts to deliver agricultural services to farmers.It is pleasing to note that through combined efforts, the proportion of farmers using improved agricultural technologies, such as fertiliser has increased from 25.6 percent in 2012, to 63.2 percent in 2019,” he said.
President Lungu also announced government’s course of action to implement a transformational agenda for the agriculture sector, which will ensure enhanced agricultural production and productivity, as well as increase the quantities of commodities exported.
He said the transformational agenda will also ensure that the lives and livelihoods of all farmers improve.
“I am aware that there is need to address the cost of doing business through appropriate tax and policy reform.In view of this, I am happy to announce that government through the implementation of the economic recovery plan is responding to some of the industry’s pressing concerns; and very soon, the impact of our measures will be felt in the agriculture sector,” he said.
(Picture by Salim Henry/State House)
Mosi premium lager goes green: a celebration of national pride
AS an iconic and truly Zambian beer that is well loved at home and abroad, Mosi Premium Lager has been a beacon of national pride and culture through the many years. While offering great taste to consumers, the internationally-awarded beer for quality has taken on an exciting refreshed look. Inspired by the vast greens in our beautiful country, the popular beer has decided to go green as a step to not only tasting great but also keeping up with the times and offering a progressive and stylish looking beer. Identifying Mosi Premium Lager with a colour that symbolises our national spirit of oneness is an effort to combine the youthful energy of the beer with the green elements in our everyday lives as Zambians.
From hosting the country’s biggest music festival to empowering the arts and design industry, Zambian Breweries has often brought Zambians together in celebration of truly Zambian moments inspired by Mosi Premium Lager. “In our landscape, our great people and delicious food of this country, we believe that being Zambian should be embraced and celebrated. Despite our differences, we can all agree that the most phenomenal Zambian moments are better experienced together. The ‘Our Green’ campaign is about us sticking together as Zambians and celebrating the national treasure we all share in Mosi Premium Lager. And that is why we brought all these Zambian inspired Greens together for Mosi’s new look as a symbol of our unity despite our differences”, said Zambian Breweries Country Director Jose Moran.
Mosi Premium Lager will embark on highlighting the diversity in the greens across the country in promotional activities that will showcase the new look and high energy of the brand. Consumers can look forward to experiencing the iconic beer that they love with an undeniably better look in the comfort of their homes or safely outside of their homes as we combat the on-going coronavirus pandemic and the world begins to slowly open up. Further details of the “Go Green” campaign can be found on the Mosi Premium Lager social media pages on Facebook and Instagram using hashtag #OurMosiOurGreen.
Zambia’s High Com. to South Africa Maj. Gen. Miti (rtd) assures SADC countries that the August 12 elections in Zambia will adhere to the tenets of democracy
ZAMBIA’S High Commissioner to South Africa Major General Jackson Miti has assured the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries that the August 12 elections in Zambia will adhere to the tenets of democracy.
Major Miti said Zambia envisages holding a free and fair election just like it has been the case in the past elections.
He was speaking at the SADC Heads of Mission meeting in Pretoria, South Africa.
Major Miti mentioned that international and local election observers have been invited to ensure that the electoral process was credible.
He also said election campaigns would be held under strict COVID-19 guidelines and protocols.
The diplomat also expressed gratitude to SADC member countries over their goodwill messages ahead of this year’s tripartite elections.
And SADC Head of Mission chairperson His Excellency General Paulino Macaringue urged Zambia to ensure that democracy thrived in the forthcoming elections.
General Macaringue, who is also Mozambican High Commissioner to South Africa, said democracy should be the ultimate winner in the elections.
This is contained in a statement by First Secretary Press and Public Relations at the Zambia High Commission in South Africa, Naomi Nyawali.
The Body of late H.E. Dr. Joseph Chilengi, Zambian ambassador to Turkey returns home today
THE body of late Ambassador of the Republic of Zambia to the Republic of Turkey, Joseph Chilengi, will arrive in Lusaka today at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport aboard a Turkish Military Aircraft at 20:30 hours.
According to a statement issued, Secretary to the Cabinet Dr Simon Miti said President Edgar Lungu has since accorded Dr Chilengi an official funeral.
He said the burial will take place on Monday May 17 at Leopards Hill Memorial Park in Lusaka preceded by a funeral church service at Miracle Life Church in Roma Township off Zambezi Road at 10:00 hours.
Dr Miti said President Lungu has to the effect declared Monday a day of national mourning in honor of Ambassador Chilengi.
“During the period of national mourning all flags will fly at half-mast while activities of entertainment in nature should be suspended from 06:00 hours to 18:00 hours.
Members of the public are further advised that in line with the public health guidelines on preventing the further spread of Covid-19 at public gatherings, attendance at the Official Funeral Church Service and burial at the Leopards Hill Memorial Park has been restricted to 250 invited family members and representatives of the Government,” he said.
Ambassador Chilengi died on Tuesday 11th May, 2021 at Güven Hospital in Ankara where he was receiving medical attention.
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