LUSAKA, The State-owned Public Service Micro Finance Company, which provides affordable loans to public sector employees, says it has recorded an increase in the number of inquiries and requests from civil servants to finance agriculture equipment.

Its Chief Executive Officer, Mubanga Mwiko, said here Tuesday that the rise in interest in agriculture by civil servants is in response to President Edgar Lungu’s call for Zambians to venture into the sector.

Mwiko said the company had decided to follow civil servants in Luapula Province through a road show in Mansa with car and agricultural equipment dealers displaying various products. The road show also coincides with the Provincial Development Co-ordinating Committee (PDCC) meetings which will be attended by key government officials and Members of Parliament in the province.

Luapula Province Commissioner of Police Hudson Namachila has called on police officers and other civil servants to take advantage of the 18 per cent loan facilities offered to mechanize their farms and increase income streams.

Namachila, who visited the road show in search of farming implement, added that police personnel should not wait until retirement for them to invest in agriculture.

Meanwhile, Provincial Permanent Secretary Bulleti Nsemukila has also appealed to civil servants to take advantage of the micro finance initiative and explore various investment opportunities in the agriculture sector.