By Michelo Mweemba
Government has this 2018/2019 farming season increased the allocation of the Food Security Packs under the Ministry of Community Development by 185 bringing the total number of beneficiaries to 485 from the previous 300.
Chembe District Community Development Offficer Bwalya Mutale says the district has a huge number of vulnerable yet viable households that need to be assisted with such farming input but the district could only do so according to the number of packs received the previous farming seasons.
Mrs. Mutale explained that her Ministry is working together with the Ministry of Agriculture to ensure that the intended and well deserving beneficiaries are identified and helped as this is a supplement of the Food Input Support Program under the Ministry of Agriculture.
ZANIS reports that Mrs. Mutale explained further that some parts of the district were not reached in the previous farming seasons due to the poor road network especially on the western part of the district.
She however revealed that Chipete Community will be a beneficiary this farming season despite the challenge of transporting these inputs to the area due to the road that is still in a dilapidated state.
She was speaking during the Food Security Pack Committee Meeting that was held at Chembe Town Council Chamber yesterday where she explained to the members that each pack consists of 2 by 50kg bags of D-Compound, 2 by 50kg bags of Urea and 1 by 10kg bag of Bean seed.
Mrs. Mutale went on to explain that identified beneficiaries are put on the program for 2 consecutive farming seasons after which they are weaned off and new beneficiaries are brought on board.
She says the farming inputs for this season are expected in the District anytime from now as the distribution process is underway in other districts.
And Acting District Agriculture Coordinator Choolwe Himulonga narrated that the Ministry of Agriculture has a huge role to play in the district as it has to ensure that each beneficiary has an arable piece of land where they can do their farming.
Mr. Himulonga explained that as a District they are avoiding a situation where a beneficiary will just point at a piece of land that does not belong to them and later on sell the inputs given to them to other beneficiaries or farmers.
He says Government’s vision with such food security programs is to ensure that the levels of poverty are reduced or alleviated so that each household can be able to survive and secure three meals a day.