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Lusaka minister hails correctional service for food security efforts

Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Jack Mwiimbu has hailed the Zambia Correctional Service for adhering to Presidential directives on enhancement of food security.

Mwiimbu was impressed with production at the Nansanga Correctional Centre farm in Serenje, Central Province, which is expected to harvest 45,000 50kg bags of non-GMO maize.

He said with financial support the service can contribute positively to curbing the drought which has devastated the country. Over 60 districts have been seriously affected by the drought.

Commissioner General Fredrick Chilukutu said the service is doubling its efforts in responding to the Presidential directive of ensuring the country is food secure. 

The service will increase the number of center pivots from the current 40 to 60 in the next season to increase the area under irrigation.

Officer in Charge Slivestar Kazemba said the farm covers 700 hectares on six center pivots and has already harvested 15,000 50kg bags of maize. All the maize grain is being purchased by the Food Reserve Agency.

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