Monday, July 08, 2013

Choma receives 200 bags of fertiliser for wetland farming
By Ben Mbangu in Choma
Thu 04 July 2013, 14:00 CAT

CHOMA district has received 200 bags of both top and basal dressing fertiliser under the food security pack meant for the vulnerable but viable people practicing wetland farming.

District commissioner Golden Nyambe confirmed the development adding that the government would endeavour to use all possible means to address the challenges the vulnerable in society face by empowering them to eradicate the high levels of poverty they had been subjected to since independence.

Nyambe disclosed that the district had also received 100 bags of five kilogrammes seed to be shared among the beneficiaries for the 2013/2014 wetland farming season.

He said the PF government was committed to ensuring that farming was encouraged and improved in the country, hence its timely support to the vulnerable groups in society.

And Choma district acting community development officer Esther Siyumbwa and assistant community development officer Mumbula Mwiya, who were on hand to receive the fertiliser and seed, said farmers would each get two bags of fertiliser and five kilogramme bags of seed.

Siyumbwa said some of those to benefit were female headed, terminally ill-headed, and disabled-headed households.

"Others are the widow-headed households, child-headed and unemployed youth-headed households," she said.

She named the areas to benefit from the programme and the number of beneficiaries as Manguunza, 40 , Chipande, 20, Popota, 10, Batoka, 20 while Sibanyati would receive 10.

Meanwhile, Mwiya urged the would-be beneficiaries to use the fertiliser for the intended purpose so as to uplift their standard of living and be able to help others in future.

He advised them not to lose the privilege the government had accorded them of boosting their agriculture ambitions, hence the need for them to put much effort in order to succeed.

"As an office entrusted to spearhead this programme, we will be very disappointed to hear that a beneficiary has sold either fertiliser or seed," said Mwiya.

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