Zambian farmers’ resilience shines amidst drought, Hichilema urges support

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President Hakainde Hichilema has praised the “unwavering resilience” of Zambian farmers facing a severe drought.

In a Facebook post President Hichilema said despite government appeals to prioritize farming last year, a prolonged dry spell has devastated crops across the country.

However, the President highlighted inspiring stories of farmers taking matters into their own hand by drawing water from rivers, streams, and wells, using oxen-drawn carts, sledges, and even trucks to water their crops.

He said the determination of these farmers to overcome El NiƱo’s challenges for the sake of their families and the nation’s food security is commendable and warrants recognition.

“This determination by our farmers is a true demonstration of the unwavering resilience of the human spirit, that shines brightly in the face of adversity, inspiring hope and overcoming challenges with indomitable strength.”

“They have undoubtedly become a wellspring of inspiration for our nation, and it is imperative that we steadfastly support them without faltering,” added President Hichilema.

He emphasized the urgency of addressing climate change and acknowledged the need for accessible irrigation technology for small-scale farmers in remote areas.

By Moses Makwaya

Kalemba February 21, 2024

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