Govt harps on ways to increase agric output amid drought


Finance and National Planning Minister, Situmbeko Musokotwane, says government will use all possible avenues to increase productivity in the agriculture sector.

This is in the face of the drought situation that had devastated the country, putting over six million Zambians at the risk of famine.

Musokotwane expressed belief that it was possible to have three harvests in a year if innovative technology was applied.

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The Minister was speaking in Milinga communities when he demonstrated the operations of a solar powered water pump in Luambimba River on Sunday.

“Using CDF grants and loan individuals or cooperatives can buy a solar power water pump and ramp up agriculture productivity,” Musokotwane said.

Musokotwane has continued his visit in Liuwa constituency where he is inspecting developmental projects.

He is using the visit to sensitize to residents on government drought intervention measures, among them irrigation farming in areas where there is surface water, and enhanced social cash transfer.

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