Governance and Development Advocates Zambia Executive Director, Elias Mulenga, says President Hakainde Hichilema has scored in the agriculture sector and has urged famers not to panic in this year’s farming season.

Mr. Mulenga said President Hichilema has taken steps to lower the cost of fertilizers, making them more accessible to farmers.He said the move aims to enhance agricultural productivity and support to food security in Zambia.

Mr. Mulenga said that President Hichilema, has prioritized the timely distribution of essential farming inputs such as seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides and ensuring that farmers receive the inputs promptly to contributes to successful crop cultivation.

Mr. Mulenga said President Hichilema has increased the price of maize, encouraging more farmers to engage in maize farming the initiative not only to benefits farmers but also strengthens the country’s overall agricultural sector.

He also said President Hichilema has taken a commendable step by directing the removal of duty and taxes on agriculture, irrigation, and music equipment in the face of drought.

“This decision, made under the revised 2024 national budget, aims to support farmers and musicians in Zambia who have been adversely affected. By easing financial burdens, Hichilema’s administration seeks to encourage more people to venture into these vital sectors,” he said.

Mr. Mulenga said the President’s decree to remove duty and taxes demonstrates a commitment to fostering growth and resilience in agriculture and music.

“It’s heartening to see a focus on practical support for those impacted by challenging circumstances. Let us hope that this move contributes positively to the livelihoods of farmers and artists alike,” he said.

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