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Lubinda urges stakeholder collaboration in agriculture sector

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Embattled Kabwata MP, Given Lubinda

Given Lubinda

Agriculture minister Given Lubinda says government will not stop anyone who wishes to carry out small-holder agriculture programmes in the country but urged them to inform government on such undertakings.

Lubinda says there are no short cuts to improving the farmer’s welfare, hence the need for stakeholders to partner with governments when coming up with programmes aimed at transforming the agriculture sector.

Speaking during the launch of ZAMSAP seed at the Radisson Blu hotel in Lusaka today, Lubinda noted that it is the duty of all stakeholders to collaborate with government so as not to run the risk of running programmes that oppose each other.

“As government we wont stop anyone from running small holder programmes, So those with little programmes should not pour scorn on us but do things the right way. Its the duty of everyone concerned to collaborate with us and not run the risk of running programmes that oppose each other. In turn, we shall ensure that such projects are sustainable.”

Last year, Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) president Edith Nawakwi  launched a start-up agriculture project for the women, where she donated farming inputs, a development government was unhappy with as they were not approached.

And Lubinda who is also Kabwata Member of Parliament has assured the nation that the country has enough food stock to last until September.

He however noted that if the weather pattern in the country remains unfavorable for securing enough food, government will have no choice but to import maize.

“I want to emphasize that the country is food secure. The Zambian farmers will produce enough food to feed the entire southern region and contribute to the global world. But as the President put it, if the El Nino  continues, government will do what is expected. We shall import. But we have sufficient food to last ill September’ he said .

Lubinda assured the nation that there is no need for anyone to panic or run to the ministry to ask for import permits as the stock is enough.

“Woe to those who had prayed that rain should not come so that they can use that to gain political mileage. But with Gods intervention, the rains are here. There is no need to panic, no need for people to come to the ministry to ask for import permits as the stock is enough.”

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