PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says Zambia is committed to transform the agriculture sector aimed at enhancing food security for the people.
He said the move will in the short to medium term be attained through promoting exports, private sector participation and climate resilient agricultural technologies and practices.
Speaking during the high level virtual dialogue on “Feeding Africa: Leadership to scale up successful innovations” at State House yesterday, President Lungu said there is need for small-scale farmers to adopt innovate ways of farming to enhance productivity as old ways of farming not only limit the size of land cultivated, but also make farming more difficult and unattractive, especially to the youth.
“In Zambia, we appreciate the valuable work being undertaken in the area of research and development led by the Zambia agriculture research institute, consultative group for international agricultural research and other researchers.Unfortunately, most of their findings are shelved and ordinary farmers are not aware of them, ” he said.
He also called for adapting successful innovations aimed at transforming the entire agriculture sector.
The President said Zambia is determined to fully domesticate some of the technologies used in farming.
“The interventions have greatly contributed to enhanced food and nutrition security, both at household and national levels.This is evidenced by the bumper harvest that the country recorded during the last agricultural season. this season, the country is expecting another bumper harvest as well,” he said.
President Lungu also congratulated Dr Adesina for being re-elected as president of the African development bank group which he said is testimony to the confidence deposited in you to lead Africa’s premier development financing institution.
He further expressed gratitude to the African Development Bank, the international fund for agricultural development, the consultative group on international agricultural research, the forum for agricultural research in Africa and other partners for convening this dialogue.
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PF withdraws adoption certificate from Dorothy Nachilongo
THE ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party has with immediate effect withdrawn its adoption certificate from Dorothy Nachilongo who had earlier been adopted to contest the forthcoming Chifubu Parliamentary elections on the party ticket.
The party has instead adopted Kondwani Winga popularly known as ‘major’ to contest the Chifubu parliamentary elections.
Secretary general, Davies Mwila said in a statement that the changes have beennecessitated by some consequential information and developments that have come to the attention of the party’s Central Committee concerning the candidature of Ms Nachilongo.
“I am hereby directing all our Party structures in Chifubu Constituency and the Copperbelt Province to support and work with Mr. Kondwani Winga and ensure that we maximise the Presidential Vote,” he said.
Yesterday, some residents in Chifubu Township protested against the candidature of Ms Nachilongo.
Adoption of visually impaired candidate, Dr. Thomas Mtonga, elates BSLT
BORN Short Living Tall (BSLT) Zambia has welcomed the adoption of Thomas Mtonga, a visually impaired person to stand as Patriotic Front (PF) candidate for Chasefu constituency in the Eastern province during the forthcoming General Elections.
BSLT executive director Ntalasha Chisha said the adoption of Mr Mtonga, a lecturer at the University of Zambia gives hope to the cries of differently-abled persons.
He further said the adoption is a victory for differently-abled not only in Chasefu but elsewhere.
“We are calling on the people of Chasefu to rally behind him not because of his physical appearance but because he is a human being like any other who can represent the people and deliver,” Mr Chisha.
He also congratulated the PF for showing a great example to all political parties by choosing Mr Mtonga, the organization feel will be a great voice for the masses of differently-abled persons once elected in Parliament.
Mr Chisha further said his organization will pay nomination fees to adopted persons living with disabilities as a way of showing them support as it wants issues affecting differently-abled persons being represented by the affected persons themselves.
“Mr Mtonga’s adoption is indeed a game changer and we wish him all the very best in his campaigns,” he said.
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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