Government has assured farmers in Mkushi’s Kamimbya Agricultural Block of its commitment towards addressing challenges that inhibit agriculture operations in that area.
Mkushi District Commissioner Christopher Chibuye gave this assurance when he graced the 2013 Kamimbya Block Show at Kabololwe recently.
Mr Chibuye said that there was need for farmers to appreciate that government had put in place measures such as road infrastructure development projects as part of the remedies to address long standing challenges in Kamimbya.
He explained that economic activities as well as social services in the area were expected to improve after the completion of construction works on the Mpula—Masansa and the Old Mkushi—Lunsemfwa Pontoon roads.
He stressed that the two roads had been earmarked to receive bituminous attention, adding that the linking of Lunsemfwa Pontoon road to Kabwe district was among other road projects cited in the Link Zambia 8000 project.
Mr Chibuye said that apart from tarring the roads, the Lunsemfwa Pontoon would be replaced by a permanent bridge structure, adding that themove would have positive impact on economic activities for areas such as Kamimbya.
He said that works had already commenced on other roads such as the Masansa—Old Mkushi and that works for Chiponya—Masansa road would equally begin soon.
The District Commissioner pointed out that farmers in areas such as Kamimbya could expect positive overall impact to unfold from the road projects as the area was located within the circumference of these road projects.
Mr Chibuye also said that other than the major roads facelifts, the Rural Roads Unit (RRU) will undertake road works on several feeder roads in several parts of Mkushi and Luano districts.
He assured that feeder roads in Kamimbya area would be among those to be considered for attention by the RRU.
The District Commissioner was responding to concerns put forward by Kamimbya Block Chairperson Christopher Phiri who represented the farming fraternity for that area.
Meanwhile, Mr Chibuye took the opportunity to call on Small Scale Farmer Cooperatives to consider maximizing their attendance of the Central Province Agriculture and Commercial Show next month.
He said that I was important for Small Scale Farmer Cooperatives to take note that Mkushi had been selected to host the provincial show.
He said that in view of this development, there was need for good participation from Small Scale Farmers at this event that would be held in Mkushi between 11th to 14th July this year.