By Masauso Mkwayaya
President HAKAINDE HICHILEMA says Government will this year rollout a special credit facility for civil servants to access funding to engage in agriculture activities.
President HICHILEMA says Government has already started talking to Commercial Banks to manage the special agriculture credit facility.
The President says the facility is meant to encourage people who are not eligible to access the Farmer Input Support Program-FISP- to invest in productive agriculture ventures.
Speaking when he officially opened the 95th Agricultural and Commercial Show in Lusaka today, President HICHILEMA said the Government wants to support people with land to be productive to ensure national food security.
The President adds that the 2 -tonnes per hectare national average yield for maize, is too low and should be increased to about 5 to 10 tonnes per hectare.
He says the Government needs everyone’s support as increased production in agriculture can only be done if those with land become productive.
And, President HICHILEMA has called on weather research institutions to up their game and ensure that information on the rain pattern of farming seasons is made available as early as January.
President HICHILEMA says timely information on the rain pattern helps farmers to plan better.