Govt targets over 3,000 households for wetlands cropping to mitigate looming hunger in Mwinilunga district


Over 3,000 households in Mwinilunga district have been targeted to implement the emergency wet lands cropping sub programme of the Food Security Pack (FSP) as response to the disaster situation.

Mwinilunga district is in North-Western province.

This came to light during an emergency District Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) meeting held in the district on Saturday.

District Commissioner, Harrison Kamuna, said the meeting was called to respond to the looming hunger situation due to dry spells Zambia had experienced.

Kamuna, who is also DDMC chairperson, stated in a statement in Lusaka that the meeting followed the declaration of the situation as a disaster by President Hakainde Hichilema.

He said the district was expected to be on the ground to identify suitable dambo and wetland areas across the area where farmers could be empowered to carry out winter maize farming and submit the findings to the Provincial Administration.

“The President has already declared, we now must move on the ground to begin ensuring that we gather authentic data that can help in decision making regarding how best the current disaster situation can be addressed even though winter maize and the department of community development, this is an emergency and urgent.

“One of the key things government has embarked on as response to the situation is venturing into the growing of winter and the wetland maize through various ministries including the department of Community Development under the wetland component of the FSP programme,” Kamuna said.

District Community Development Officer (DCDO), Lunza Imwiko, said the emergency wetland cropping programme would be implemented side by side with the original FSP which was currently targeting 700 beneficiaries under wetland cropping in the district.

Imwiko explained that under the emergency wetland cropping, identified households would each receive one bag of top dressing, one bag of D compound and a five Kilogrammes maize seed to vulnerable but viable farmers who can guarantee production.

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