School feeding programme budget increases

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Government has increased the annual budgetary allocation for the school feeding programme from K5 million in 2014 to K32 million in the 2015 national budget.

Minister of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education John Phiri said the budgetary increase will see over one million pupils benefitting from the programme in the 2015 academic calendar.

Dr. Phiri explained that the increased budgetary allocation is among many measures aimed at improving the pupil attendance and reduce on stunting among children in the country.

In a telephone interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today, Dr. Phiri has since attributed the impressive passing records among pupils at primary school level in the country to the school feeding programme.

And Dr. Phiri has praised the World Food Programme (WFP) and other organisations for supplementing government efforts in sustaining the national school feeding programme in the past years.

Meanwhile, Dr. Phiri said his ministry was in talks with the Brazilian government to empower local farmers to grow and supply food to the nearby schools.

Dr. Phiri said his ministry has begun consultations with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health on how best the programme can be implemented.

He said government is committed to empower local famers so that they can supply food and crops to the nearby schools for the advancement of the education system in the country.