Govt. distributes FISP inputs in Pemba
Choma, July 4, 2013, ZANIS – GOVERNMENT has distributed free farming inputs to farmers involved in wetland farming in Pemba district in a bid to improve household food security.
Pemba district commissioner Reginald Mugoba says the inputs which include seed and fertilizer have been given out to vulnerable but viable farmers in the district.
ZANIS reports that Mr. Mugoba said this in an interview in Choma today.
He said that the Patriotic Front (PF) government, through the through the ministry of community development, is determined to fight poverty through free input distribution to vulnerable groups in society.
He revealed that among the beneficiaries include the disabled, female and child headed households and other vulnerable groups.
Mr. Mugoba said this is a major development towards poverty alleviation.
Meanwhile, the district commissioner has expressed disappointment with the poor Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) television reception in Pemba.
Efforts to get ZNBC Corporate Affairs Director Masuzyo Ndhlovu to comment on the matter were unsuccessful by broadcast time as his mobile phone was switched off
However, Mr. Mugoba said residents are unable to follow national events because of the poor ZNBC terrestrial signal transmission.
He said ZNBC management should explain why residents are being denied information by failing to resolve the problem of poor ZNBC reception.
Mr. Mugoba said his office is under serious pressure from residents who want to know why ZNBC has failed to put up modern transmitters so as to improve TV and radio reception.
He says access to information is vital in facilitating development.
Mr. Mugoba said access to information empowers individuals and advances development.
“When information flows freely, people are equipped with tools to take control of their lives”, he said.