Government says the Zambia National Service (ZNS) has performed well in the area of land development despite the many challenges that the institution is facing.
Defense Deputy Minister-In-Charge of Rural Development and ZNS, Joseph Lungu said the injection of KR 20 million by government in the land development branch last year has seen an improvement in the efficiency of the service.
Col. Lungu said this in Solwezi district when he visited the Kamitonte and Katandano ZNS Camps yesterday.
He directed commanders at the two ZNS Camps to live up to government’s expectation by ensuring that investments that government has put in impacts positively on the lives of the people.
Col. Lungu said government wants to see ZNS improve the levels and quality of food production on their farms in line with its vision and ensure growth of the service
The Deputy Minister urged ZNS staff in North-Western Province to take advantage of the emerging lucrative demand for agricultural produce by increasing food production and open more selling points in the region.
Col. Lungu also said the Ministry of Defense will solicit for more money to procure agro equipment for ZNS in order to boost food production in the Province.
He urged the service personnel to observe high standards of discipline and consistency in their work despite the challenges that the camps were currently facing.
Col. Lungu assured the officers that government was looking at the problem of accommodation for service staff as the problem was countrywide and also the settling of the outstanding housing arrears.
ZNS Kamitonte Camp is expected to produce 1, 350 bags by 50 kilograms of soya beans from its 40 hectares field this farming season.
Earlier, ZNS Kamitonte Camp Camp Crop Officer Lieutenant Maney Nalufu told the Deputy Minister that camp requires farm equipment such as a combine harvester to maximize on the harvest this year.