By MAIMBO MWEEMBA
Agriculture Minister Reuben Phiri says government is determined to invest in the agricultural sector.
Mr Phiri said the agricultural sector is currently characterized with low productivity levels, insufficient infrastructure support, and inadequate delivery of extension services, limited irrigation and mechanization among others.
He said that in investing in agriculture to address these challenges guarantees significant improvement in the lives of the majority of the people, and means fighting hunger and poverty in the country.
Mr Phiri said government will implement the comprehensive agricultural transformation program aimed at tackling and eradicating hunger.
He said this in a speech read on his behalf by Director of Agriculture Moses Mwale during the commemoration of the 2021 World Food Day in Chongwe District under the theme, ‘Our actions are our future: Better Production, Better Nutrition, a Better Environment, and a better life,’ yesterday.
And the United Nations Resident Coordinator Coumba Mar Gadio assured government of continued support towards the fight against hunger through various interventions undertaken by respective UN agencies.
Dr Mar Gadio said innovative technologies and training, finances, incentives and social protection can help farmers to provide sustainable healthy diets.