Cancelation of agriculture shows is wrong – Farmers
The National Union for Small Scale Farmers in Zambia NUSFAZ says government’s decision to cancel the holding of agricultural shows in parts of the country this year is a wrong move.
NUSFZ Executive Director Frank Kayula argues that the drought experienced in affected parts of the country did not totally put away all cross, livestock and fisheries because some farmers still managed to produce something worth showcasing.
Dr. Kayula says government would have used the few exhibitions as a learning point on how they still managed to harvest crops under duress of climate change problems.
Dr. Kayula says in as much as this decision might have been taken as austerity measure by the Ministry of Agriculture, agriculture shows should still have allowed farmers share experiences under the drought conditions.
Meanwhile, Zambia National Farmers Union spokesperson Kelvin Kaleyi says the union is engaging government through the Ministry of Agriculture over this decision.
But Chief Government Spokesperson Dora Siliya says Zambians must accept that climate change is a real phenomenon in the country.
Ms. Siliya says the shows that are managed at district level have made an informed decision to skip shows this year because of crop failure as a result of climate change.
She however, says this cancelation does not affect the Agriculture and Commercial Show that is held in Lusaka because this is totally a private function not arranged by government.