Some maize not secured, discloses Southern Province Minister
Southern Province Minister Mr. Lukolo Katombora has admitted that an undisclosed number of bags of maize in certain parts of the province have not yet been secured to prevent the grain from been soaked by the rains.
Mr. Katombora notes that more needs to be done by the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) to secure all the maize bought by the agency in the province to prevent it from going to waste.
ZANIS reports that in an interview today, Mr. Katombora said a good number of bags risk being soaked if the FRA delays to protect them.
He cited areas such as Magoye, and parts of Kazungula Districts as some of the areas where the maize was yet to be properly covered with tarpaulins.
“Yes I can confirm that some maize at some depots in the province have not yet been properly secured and therefore I wish to instruct the FRA to quickly move in and cover all the maize in the province,” said Mr. Katombora.
He said the new government would not tolerate any one that would cause the maize to go to waste.
And Mr. Katobora has said the distribution of farming inputs to farmers under the Farmer Input Support Programme was going on well in all parts of the province.
He envisaged that all the farmers would receive the inputs before the onset of serious rains.
Meanwhile, Chief Kathumba of the Chewa speaking people of Katete district in Eastern Province has bemoaned the poor state of roads in his area.
Chief Kathumba says roads in his area have not been rehabilitated unlike in other chiefdoms of Kawaza and Mba’ngombe.
He complained that his chiefdom has remained underdeveloped and that it has not fully benefited from the Rural Electrification project and yet ZESCO pylons pass just about 20 kilometers away from his palace.
The traditional leader was speaking yesterday when District Commissioner Anselimo Mbuzi called on him.
Chief Kathumba expressed hope that the Patriotic Front (PF) government would address some of the pressing issues people face in his area such as access to clean, safe drinking water.
Meanwhile, the traditional leader has expressed worry that maize stored at Nchingilizya mobile satellite depot was going to waste.
Chief Kathumba observed that some of the maize had started germinating saying the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) should quickly move in before the situation worsens.
“Everything will go to waste if the Food Reserve Agency does not address the matter,” he said.
And Katete District Commissioner Anseliomo Mbuzi assured Chief Kathumba that government would attend to the needs of the people in his area.
Mr. Mbuzi noted that government had already shown commitment to addressing the needs of traditional leaders by creating a new Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs.
“This ministry will look at challenges faced by chiefs in their chiefdoms and seek ways in which they can be addressed,” he said.