Mwense, July 4, 2019, ZANIS---Mwense District Commissioner Geoffrey Chipampata says government has continued engaging other partners in the agriculture sector, in order to help address the effects of climate change.

Speaking to ZANIS after the district Agriculture and commercial show, Mr Chipampata said climate change has potential to reduce agricultural production if not mitigated as shown by the historical drought experienced in the southern part of the country.

He said government is putting in place adaptation measures to mitigate climate change, adding that the departments of agriculture and forestry in the district have been sensitizing the farmers on the impact of climate change.

Mr Chipampata says combating the effects of climate change require concerted efforts from all stakeholders, if the course is to be mitigated.

He has since implored the farmers and other stakeholders to use the natural resources in a sustainable way and refrain from activities, which may have a negative impact on the climate.

The District Commissioner added that in an effort to address the problem, government has already opened the 2019 to 2020 agricultural farming season so that inputs can be delivered to the farmers early, in time for the planting season.

He said currently the ministry of agriculture is working on cleaning the farmer register and that farmers will start depositing this month until September 30, 2019.

And Mr Chipampata also said government through the Enhanced Smallholder Agribusiness Promotion Programme (E-SAPP) will be offering competitive matching grants to entities that are willing to invest in selected commodities, in order to address the problem of inadequate storage facilities.

He since urged the farmers to take advantage of the E-SAPP programme and build storage facilities in particular bulking centres.