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We’ll make technology irrigation accessible to small scale farmers –

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President Hakainde Hichilema (HH) says there is urgent need to address the climate change following the drought that has ravaged crops countrywide.

During this prolonged dry spell, farmers have 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

Meanwhile, President Hichilema says the determination of these farmers to overcome El Niño’s challenges for the sake of their families and the nation’s food security is commendable and warrants recognition.

“This underscores the urgent need to address climate change. It emphasizes the necessity of redoubling efforts, in collaboration with our cooperating partners, to make affordable irrigation technology accessible to small-scale farmers in remote areas nationwide,” he said.

The President said this in an article posted on his Facebook page.

“Throughout the past year, we urged our communities to embrace farming, aiming to secure household food and sell surplus produce. Despite a robust response, the severe drought has ravaged their crops, yet our people have been resilient.

Recently, we heard the heroism exhibited by some rural farmers who, facing adversity of drought, have taken matters into their own hands. They have 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 determination of these farmers to overcome El Niño’s challenges for the sake of their families and the nation’s food security is commendable and warrants recognition.

Above all, this underscores the urgent need to address climate change. It emphasizes the necessity of redoubling efforts, in collaboration with our cooperating partners, to make affordable irrigation technology accessible to small-scale farmers in remote areas nationwide.

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.

They have undoubtedly become a wellspring of inspiration for our nation, and it is imperative that we steadfastly support them without faltering,”

Hakainde Hichilema,
President of the Republic of Zambia.

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