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CASHEW IMPACTING ON FARMERS IN WESTERN PROVINCE

By ANGELA KABAMBA
SECRETARY to The Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE)’s Chief Kakene of Lukanda in Senanga district of Western Province, Induna Iyauluka Morgan Kalaluka Nawa has commended the Ministry of Agriculture, for the smooth implementation of the Cashew Infrastructure Development Project (CIDP) in all the 19 camps across the district.
Induna Iyauluka said this in an interview shortly after the Cashew Infrastructure Development Project (CIDP)’s stakeholder’s meeting presentation by the Ministry of Agriculture, held at Senanga nursing school.
The traditional leader stated that it was gratifying to hear what the officers in the district have done in as far as cashew is concerned, adding that from the several activities he was engaged in with the officers, it is evident that there will be massive development emerging from the cashew project in the district.
Induna Iyauluka has since urged the cashew farmers in the district to continue growing the cash crop, not only for domestic consumption, but also for export with the objective of supporting the country’s economic growth and food security.
Speaking at the same function, Senanga District Commissioner, Inonge Mubuyaeta said government is very much concerned about reducing the poverty levels and well-being of the people, in the 10 cashew districts, hence their introducing a lot of initiatives like the US$D55 million Cashew Infrastructure Development Project, (CIDP) in Western Province.
Ms Mubuyaeta thanked the Ministry of Agriculture for the job well done in the implementation of the cashew project in the district, adding that it was imperative to be having such interactive meetings that border on issues of national development.
And in his presentation, Senanga Senior Agricultural Officer, Hang’ombe Chipobe disclosed that the district is ranked third based on cashew potential, adding that the district has achieved a total number of 6, 254 beneficiaries/ farmers out of the targeted 7, 050 beneficiaries which translates to 7, 050 hectares of land to be rehabilitated, 1, 500 hectares replanted, of which new establishments is 4, 800 hectares.
Mr Chipobe disclosed that about 31, 111 trees which are less and older than 5-years were sprayed in the year 2020, but laments that there was no enough resources to transport spray operators to the respective camps.
The Ministry of Agriculture is implementing the project in the 10 districts of Western Province of Zambia namely Limulunga, Mongu, Sikongo, Kalabo, Nalolo, Senanga, Mitete, Sioma, Lukulu and Shangombo, over a period of 5-years, which is likely to come to an end in June, 2021.-NAIS

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