The Government has purchased and distributed agricultural equipment and livestock to beneficiaries of the Food Security Pack (FSP) Programme in Mpika District.
The items, which include maize shellers, hammermills, oil expellers, 156 goats, and 575 chickens, will support small-scale farmers in the region.
Minister of Community Development and Social Services, Ms. Doreen Mwamba, presided over the distribution ceremony and stressed the importance of agriculture in poverty alleviation.
She emphasized that farming is a lucrative business that can uplift people’s lives and should be treated as such.
Ms. Mwamba expressed the government’s commitment to promoting the mechanization of agricultural activities among rural farming communities, underscoring the need for unity and support from stakeholders such as the district administration, local authorities, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, and other partners.
Muchinga Province Permanent Secretary, Mr. Henry Mukungule, encouraged the beneficiaries to take good care of the newly acquired equipment to ensure self-sustainability and maximize the benefits of the program.
He urged them to use the resources effectively to boost their agricultural productivity.
Director for Community Development, Ms. Patricia Muyamwa, extended her encouragement not only to the recipients in Mpika but to beneficiaries across the country.
She urged them to commit to paying back 10% of their produce, which would be used to procure additional life-changing equipment, further enhancing their welfare and contributing to the broader goal of food security and poverty reduction.
The distribution of agricultural equipment and livestock to 52 households and 115 households, respectively, is a step forward in empowering small-scale farmers in Mpika and highlights the government’s dedication to improving food security and rural development.
The program aims to equip farmers with the necessary tools and resources to enhance their agricultural productivity and, in turn, uplift their standard of living.
This story has been adopted from the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services, Zambia.