Vice President Inonge Wina has outlined President Edgar Lungu’s vision of empowering rural communities with a view of reducing poverty and hunger.
Ms Wina says the President’s vision is to further improve nutritional levels which is in conformity with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ending poverty by empowering rural communities.
The Vice President said Zambia recognizes agriculture as the main stay of the economy.
She has emphasized that agriculture productivity is largely dependent on the various components of modern technology such as irrigation, modern multiplication of improved seed varieties that are drought resistant and can withstand harsh weather conditionalities.
Ms Wina said that Zambia stands ready to benchmark from India in the area of technology especially solar water pumping solutions.
The Vice President said this in MUMBAI, India, when she held talks with India’s leading solar powered water pump manufacturer, SHAKTI, which manufactures digitalized water pumps in the outskirts of INDORE, a City in the Indian State of MADHYA PRADESH.
She said there is need for solar pumping technology in Zambia to increase dry season irrigation to achieve food sufficiency.
Ms Wina has since invited the company to travel to Zambia to explore investment opportunities.
And Shakti Pumps Vice President for International Business Lakhpatsingh Dabi said the solar powered water pumps which can be switched on and off from any part of the world on phone also makes it impossible to use once stolen.
Mr Dabi said the technology has been put in place in response to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi who wants to digitalize all services in the Asian sub continent.
And Zambia’s High Commissioner to India Judith Kapijipanga said the company can work with water utilities in Zambia in providing solar water pumping solutions in view of the energy deficit that equally affects water supply.
This is contained in a statement made available by First Secretary Press and Tourism at the Zambian Mission in New Delhi, India, Bangwe Naviley.