Chief Katumba of the Chewa people of Katete district in Eastern Province has praised government for the development that is taking place in his chiefdom and the district as a whole.
The Chief noted that the network tower and a tractor that is being handed over to the chiefdom, is a sign that government cares for the wellbeing of its people.
“Government has been doing a lot of things for us, one of the things is the network tower. In the recent past we had network challenges but now it’s a thing of the past as we have access to Zamtel network. We know things cannot be done all at once but slowly things are achieved,” he said.
Chief Katumba was speaking in Katete district today during a courtesy call made on him by the Gender Minister Elizabeth Phiri, before handing over a tractor and plough to cooperatives in his chiefdom.
ZANIS reports that the Chief said he appreciated the gesture by government to enhance the living standards of his subjects in the chiefdom.
He also appreciated government for the Farmer Input Support Programm (FISP) that has eradicated hunger in his chiefdom.
The Chief however, appealed to government not to end this programme as a lot of farmers are benefiting from it.
Meanwhile, Minister of Gender Elizabeth Phiri said government is prioritising the rural communities in order to foster development
“Government wants the wealth of this nation to be generated from the agriculture sector because we used to rely on Copper but Copper might one day finish, and if we don’t have proper wealth generators when Copper finishes, we might end up not having wealth as a nation,” she said.
The Minister said value addition of products such as sun flower, maize and groundnuts enhances the standards of the produce from raw to processed material and improves the livelihood of people.