Zambia's Agricultural Minister Emphasizes Need for Farmers to Change Methods to Adapt to Climate
Farmers must be innovative and invest in appropriate farming technologies that will enable them to feed the growing global population, Zambia’s Agriculture Minister Given Lubinda has said.
Mr Lubinda said agriculture could not continue as business as usual and hence there was need for farmers to implement solutions and innovations that adapt to climate change inducements and adverse weather conditions.
He said there was need for farmers to change the way they were farming in view of various challenges affecting the sector.
Mr Lubinda was speaking in Livingstone at AVANI Victoria Falls Hotel on Tuesday night when he officially opened the World Farmers Organisation (WFO) General Assembly which is being held under the theme ‘Partnerships for Growth’.
“With increasing climate change effects, depleting water resources and energy deficits, our regions and world is facing with the challenge of feeding our growing population.
“Our Zambian farmers are not spared from this situation as they continue battling a number of challenges such as limited access to finance, fairly priced production inputs, poor access to competitive commodity markets, limited processing of value addition prospects, high post-harvest losses, limited access to extension services and unfortunately climate change induced weather,” Mr Lubinda said.