College calls for govt support to tackle climate change issues affecting modern agriculture


The Students Union of the Natural Resources Development College (NRDC) has appealed to the government for assistance in providing funding, machinery and irrigation systems.

This would equip students with practical skills and knowledge necessary for modern agriculture, particularly in light of climate change challenges.

President of the Union, Misheck Mumba, stated the importance of these resources in preparing students to effectively tackle the complexities of contemporary agriculture amidst changing climatic conditions.

Speaking at a media briefing in Lusaka on Wednesday, Mumba highlighted the critical role of efficient irrigation systems in mitigating the adverse effects of climate change.

He expressed concern over the unprecedented impact of climate change on the country’s agricultural sector this year, affecting over a million farmers and posing significant challenges to food security.

Mumba urged the private sector to collaborate with the college to provide access to cutting-edge machinery and equipment, enhancing students’ learning experiences and skill development.

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By investing in the latest agricultural technologies, Mumba explained, students would be better equipped to adapt to evolving environmental conditions, thereby enhancing productivity and efficiency in farming.

The union appealed to the private sector to support students through funding opportunities for research projects, training programmes, and hands-on learning experiences.

Furthermore, Mumba stressed the importance of modern irrigation systems in optimising water usage and promoting sustainable agricultural practices.

He called upon the private sector to join hands with the students in this endeavor, paving the way for a more sustainable and resilient agricultural future.

Mumba expressed gratitude to the government for its efforts and urged President Hakainde Hichilema to persevere despite the challenges facing the country, assuring him of youths unwavering support.

Highlighting the urgency of addressing climate change, Mumba indicated its multifaceted impacts, extending beyond the environment to health, energy, peace, security, and particularly the agriculture sector.

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