Government has urged farmers and youths to engage in viable commercial ventures that will keep them active throughout the year.
 
And Chief Mukubwe of the Lenje speaking people of Ngabwe District said government subsidised Farmers Input Support Programme (FISP) had continued to enhance food security in the country.
 
Ngabwe District Commissioner Melody Phiri said government’s objective was to create an enabling environment which will empower the farming community to maximize the use of the country’s natural resources.
 
The District Commissioner said this during the second Ngabwe District Agriculture and Commercial Show at the weekend.
 
“The Farmer Input Support Programme, Food Security Pack and Cattle Restocking Programme are some of the initiatives government is using to empower the farmers” she said.
 
Ms Phiri added that government’s plan was to deliver inputs on time to ensure that farmers planted with the first rains so as to get good yields.
 
And Chief Mukubwe of the Lenje speaking people of Ngabwe District said that the Fertilizer Input Support Programme had continued to enhance food security in the country.
 
The traditional leader who spoke through his spokesperson Anus Ngandapanshi urged farmers in the district not to sale their maize to private buyers.
 
“In this vain, I would like to urge government to open up more satellite depots to allow farmer’s sale their maize at reasonable prices” he said.
 
Meanwhile, Show Society Chairperson Simon Chitaika asked government to construct dip tanks to enable farmers control animal diseases.
 
He said livestock farming was becoming popular in the district hence the need to protect the animals from diseases.
 
Mr Chitaika also asked government to sink boreholes for the provision of clean and safe drinking water for the community.

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