Monday, July 22, 2013

Govt aware of food situation in Siavonga - Mweetwa
By Steve Mwiinga and Snike Mzulah in Siavonga
Wed 10 July 2013, 14:00 CAT

SIAVONGA district commissioner Brave Mweetwa says the government is aware of the food situation in the district.

Officiating at the first ever district tourism, agricultural and commercial show in Siavonga last Friday, Mweetwa however said the government was not sitting idle as it had carried out various assessments in many areas of the district.

He revealed that the government would also decentralise research services to sub-provincial and district levels so that local opportunities were identified and exploited.

Mweetwa said the Office of the Vice-President through the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit was strategically working towards responding to the food situation in the district.

Meanwhile, chief Simaamba of the Tonga speaking people congratulated the organisers for a colourful show adding that the government should find a place for the agriculture show and build permanent stands.

The traditional leader recalled that the last time Siavonga had a district show was in the 70s saying since then agriculture officers and those interested were forced to attend the provincial agriculture show in Livingstone.

He, however, said that with a rising reports of hunger in some parts of his chiefdom, he was optimistic that the government through the Office of the Vice-President would soon send relief food to the district to alleviate the hunger situation.

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