Govt says agric equipment, livestock worth K670,000 handed over to beneficiaries under social scheme


Government says it has handed over agricultural equipment and livestock worth K670,000 to the Nkeyema Food Security Pack (FSP) beneficiaries, in Western Province.

The equipment and livestock included, seven maize shellers, seven combined rice mills, seven planters, one diesel tiler, three modernised ox-drawn planters, and ripper for conservation farming.

Others were 134 pigs, 99 goats and 1000, chickens were also procured under the same initiative.

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Western Province Minister, Kapelwa Mbangweta, who graced the handover ceremony on Sunday said the development was significant in the promotion of food security and community sustainability.

Mbangweta said in a statement on Monday that this was in line with government’s objective of empowering its citizens with life changing opportunities.

Speaking at the same event, Director for Community Development, Patricia Muyamwa, encouraged the beneficiaries to commit to paying back so that more life changing opportunities are created for them.

“The money which you pay as recoveries is yours, and meant to be used to improve lives and create more opportunities apart from the empowerment you get from government through the Ministry,” she said.

Muyamwa said the pay backs had facilitated for the procurement of life changing agricultural equipment, and should therefore be implemented in other parts of the country in order to have rounded development.

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