Govt constructs K 475,000 dam in Manyinga District
Kabompo, July 4, 2013, ZANIS–Government has constructed a KR 475,000 dam for poverty reduction irrigation scheme at Kasamba in the newly created Manyinga district in North-western province.
ZANIS reports from Manying District that Lands, natural resources and environmental protection, Deputy Minister, Danny Chingimbu disclosed this when he addressed farmers in Manyinga , ovwer the long weekend.
The irrigation scheme at Kasamba will cater for 100 vulnerable but viable small scale farmers who will be allocated with one lima each for growing vegetables, fruits, ground nuts, soya beans and wetland maize for income generation activities.
Mr. Chingimbu, who is also area Member of Parliament, has advised farmers in the new district to increase rearing of livestock such as goats, pigs, chickens and sheep for income generation and to improve their nutrition status.
He cautioned farmers in the area not to sell their entire farm produce but should leave enough for their household food security up to next year crop harvest.
Meanwhile, Mr. Chingimbu assured the farmers that government will continue to support small scale farmers with subsidized seed and fertilizer under the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) during the 2013/2014 farming season.
He said under FISP farmers will be required to contribute K100 per 50 kilogramme bag of fertilizer on which government will subsidize KR 150 give a free 10 kilogramme bag of maize seed to each farmer.
Mr. Chingimbu said Manyinga district has been allocated with 2,400 packs under FISP with each pack comprising two by 50 kilogramme bags of D-compound, two by 50 kilogramme bags of Urea and one by 10 kilogramme bag of maize seed.
He said the inputs will be distributed through the 86 registered cooperative societies for vulnerable but viable small scale farmers and cautioned that the inputs should not be distributed to well to do businessmen and women or civil servants.
Mr. Chingimbu told farmers that they Patriotic Front government will also continue to buy white maize from farmers through the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) at KR 65 per 50 kilogramme bag delivered to FRA depot.