ZAMBIAN GOVT INCREASES FARMER INPUT SUPPORT

LUSAKA, June 30 – The Zambian government has increased the number of packs provided to farmers in Lusaka Province under its Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) by 12,000 packs with the aim of enhancing the harvest of food crops in the province next year to four million metric tons.

Kafue District Council Chairman Gibson Sinkala said over the weekend that the increased allocation reflected the government’s commitment to revamping the agriculture sector.

Last year, 65,000 packs of inputs were allocated to Lusaka Province but this year, the allocation has been increased to more than 77,000 packs, he added.

Sinkala, who is the councillor for the Shabusale Ward, said the government was also diversifying the economy through the establishment of livestock breeding centres, rehabilitation of dip tanks and construction of hatcheries.

He said this at Khosa Stadium in Kafue when he opened the Lusaka Province Agriculture and Commercial Show.
All the seven districts in Lusaka Province, including the newly created Shibuyunji and Chirundu disctricts, showcased their products at the fair.

SOURCE: ZNBC

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