President Hakainde Hichilema has called for the amendment of laws restricting growth in the agriculture sector in the country.
Hichilema is concerned that such laws which are inhibiting growth in the sector are leading to low production levels of various crops in the country.
The Head of State said this when he officially opened the 95th Agriculture and Commercial Show in Lusaka on Saturday.
He noted that there was no economy in the world which could function without the agriculture sector which is the supplier of raw material to other sectors of the economy.
“There is need to improve hectarage production and government stands ready to support water harvesting projects which will lead to proper irrigation activities,” Hichilema said.
He said there was also need for mechanization of agricultural activities in order to improve the yields among farmers in the country.
“There is need to invest in research and development in order to adequately plan and improve on agriculture activities,” Hichilema said.
He said the agriculture sector provides opportunities for employment, revenue generation, and other opportunities which drive the economy.
Hichilema called on Zambians to put their land into productive use in order to help improve production in all the provinces in the country.
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