Zambia is under-utilizing arable land – Simuusa

Wylbur Simuusa
Wylbur Simuusa

Agriculture and livestock Minister, Wylbur Simuusa says the country is not fully utilising the God given arable land to turn the nation into a food basket for the region.

Speaking when he paid a courtesy call on Kalomo district commissioner, Lucia Mwiinde at her office May 7th, Mr Simuusa said government has realised that dependence on the mining sector to drive the economy has its implications because of the fluctuating metal prices and instead has identified the agriculture sector to be a driving force to contribute to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Mr Simuusa notes that despite the vast God given potential of arable land, the water resources and good soils in the country, only less than 15 per cent of the arable land is used for agriculture purposes.

He says the country needs to record a super bumper harvest in the next season as opposed to this year’s anticipated 3.3 million metric tonnes.

Mr Simmusa says government will do everything possible to ensure that the agriculture sector becomes the country’s economic mainstay.