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By ALICE NACHILEMBE
Former Republican President  Rupiah Banda has called on farmers across the country to fully participate in food production in order to make Zambia food secure.

Mr Banda says small scale farmers should take advantage of this year’s farming season to grow a variety of food crops as they were majority producers.

He said that it was important for Zambia to be food secure by encouraging small scale farmers to fully participate in food production.

Mr Banda said he was happy with the current farming input distribution strategies as most inputs were in across the country.

He also called on young people to go into farming as there was available land for the activity.

Mr Banda was speaking in South Africa when he transited to Republic of Mozambique where he has been invited by that country to attend former President Joaquim Alberto Chissano’s 80th birthday celebration.

He is also expected to attend a symposium under the theme “Mozambique’s Foreign Policy and Diplomacy from the Origins to the Present”.

The purpose of the symposium is to pay tribute to President Chissano for the important role he played in the building of a new and independent Mozambique as a diplomat and as a statesman.

This is contained in a statement by First Secretary Press and Public Relations Naomi Nyawali in the office of  Zambia High Commission  to Pretoria South Africa.

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