The Zambian government must be commended for their continued efforts in delivering agriculture inputs on time, especially to farmers being supported through the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP).
The Governments support to the farmers has not only been critical in ensuring that the country achieves yet another bumper crop this year, but it has also been important in sustaining food security and keeping food prices relatively low especially during the COVID-19 period.
Yesterday, Muchinga Province Permanent Secretary Davison Mulenga commended Neria’s Investments for the timely delivery of inputs to various districts in the region, thereby contributing to this year’s bumper harvest.
Early delivery of the inputs has been part of President Edgar Lungu’s commitment to encouraging the country to diversify from a mono-economy that is heavily dependent on copper mining to a diversified one.
This year’s maize bumper harvest is already having a desirable effect on mealie meal prices which is on a downward trajectory.
A few months ago, Government’s commitment to developing agriculture was also demonstrated in the quick response to the invasion of African Migratory Locusts in parts of Southern and Western provinces.
The invasion of the locusts created panic as farmers feared that the pest would wipe out crops in fields in affected areas.
However, the Government, working closely with other partners such as the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and other stakeholders, including local communities, deployed countermeasures that led to the prompt removal of the pest.
Currently, Government has deployed surveillance teams, led by agriculture extension officers, to ensure that the locusts are kept under control.