Develop drought resistant crops – HH

By Sharon Siame

President HAKAINDE HICHILEMA has called for collaboration among researchers in the agriculture sector to ensure they come up with drought resistant crops that can be grown by farmers.

President HICHILEMA says researchers should also breed varieties that are flood resistant and high yielding.

He says this will bring about efficiency in the country’s crop production and that research results should be taken to the farmers so that they grow developed varieties.

The Head of State said this when he conducted a field visit to the Zambia Agriculture Research Institute -ZARI- Mount Makulu Research Station in Chilanga District where he checked on the sorghum trials being conducted there.

President HICHILEMA said his administration has a vision to grow the economy by diversifying different sectors such as agriculture.

He also urged youths to take farming as a business and a growth opportunity.

And ZARI Director DICKSON NG’UNI explained that the crops being generated at the Institute are drought resistant and have survived the current drought.

Mr. NG’UNI said the Institute has to rise to the challenge to mitigate the effects of climate change.

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