By Prudence Siabana
The Civil Society Scaling up Nutrition Alliance has welcomed the directive by the Zambia National Service commandant for the ZNS units in North Western, Luapula and Northern Provinces to open up more land for cultivation to increase food production.
CSO-SUN Country Coordinator, Matthews Mhuru says the directive is progressive as the northern part of the country continues to receive good rainfall which is key to good agriculture production.
He adds that the move is in line with President Edgar Lungu’s directive for the service to increase its agriculture production by opening up more virgin land in provinces that experience more rains to ensure food security in the country.
Mr. Mhuru further says as the ZNS begins its crop production expansion programme in the three provinces, crop diversification should be taken into account in order to meet the nutritional needs of the Zambian people.
Meanwhile, Mr. Mhuru has appealed to the Zambia National Service to consider investing in sustainable irrigation technologies in the drought hit areas in Southern, Eastern and Lusaka Provinces to guarantee food security.
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