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President Hakainde Hichilema has reiterated government’s commitment to developing agriculture so as to make the sector a vehicle for job creation.

President Hichilema says government is committed to building strong partnerships so that the sector can be transformed to its full potential.

He has assured farmers that government will work with them to actualize that potential that the sector offers.

Gracing the 115th Zambia National Farmers Union -ZNFU- Annual Congress in Lusaka, President Hichilema stated that farming should be used to address poverty levels in the country.

He stated that reducing the cost of production and Access to farming inputs is an important part of his administration.

The Head of State advised the ZNFU to entice young people to be farmers by making the sector more rewarding.

Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister Reuben Mtolo said investments in agriculture and value addition can play a critical role in job creation and poverty alleviation in the country.

Mr. Mtolo said the majority of farmers are constrained by limited capital to expand their operations.

He was however quick to mention that his ministry is putting in place measures to address challenges in the agriculture sector.

And ZNFU President Jarvis Zimba said farmers have welcomed President Hichilema’s victory because it brings new life to the Agriculture sector.

Mr. Zimba said Zambia is blessed with vast natural resources owing to abundant arable land key for agro production.

He however appealed called on government to de-politicize pricing of agriculture produce

The ZNFU President further appealed to President Hichilema to intervene in the delayed payments of farmers by the Food Reserve Agency.

And Corteva Agri Science Managing Director Samson Nyendwa said the President’s presence is a clear testimony of his commitment toward the growth of agriculture.

Mr. Nyendwa called on government to provide an enabling policy environment that will allow farmers to flourish.

He said Zambia has almost the perfect climate for ago production but the average production yield is low compared to the available technology.

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