Power and Politics

Hichilema commends rural farmers for ingenuity, restates need for irrigation technology


President Hakainde Hichilema says there is need to make affordable irrigation technology accessible to small-scale farmers in remote areas across the country.

Hichilema stated that this should be done through redoubling efforts in collaborations with the cooperating partners.

A post on the President’s Facebook handle on Wednesday read: “Throughout the past year, we urged our communities to embrace farming, aiming to secure household food and sell surplus produce.”

He noted that despite a robust response, the severe drought had ravaged their crops, however the farmers had remained resilient.

“Recently, we heard the heroism exhibited by some rural farmers who, facing adversity of drought, have taken matters into their own hands,” Hichilema said.

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He noted that the farmers had resorted to drawing water from rivers, streams and wells, in some cases employing oxen-drawn carts, sledges and even trucks to carry water to the fields to save their crops ravaged by the prolonged drought.

The Head of Stated stated that the determination of the farmers to overcome El Niño’s challenges for the sake of their families and the nation’s food security was commendable and warrants recognition.

Hichilema said this underscored the urgent need to address climate change.

“This determination by our farmers is a true demonstration of the unwavering resilience of the human spirit, that shines brightly in the face of adversity, inspiring hope and overcoming challenges with indomitable strength,” he stated.

Hichilema said the farmers had become a wellspring of inspiration to the nation and it was imperative that government steadfastly support them without faltering.

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