Kalabo, August 8, 2014,ZANIS ……Kalabo District Commissioner Masela Chinyama says the area will still not have enough food to cater for over 130,000 residents even after the harvesting period is over.
Mrs Chinyama explained that there was a shortage of food because the people of Kalabo were more into fishing than farming and that the terrain made it difficult for certain crops to grow.
The District Commissioner noted the need to change the mindset of the local people so that they could learn effective methods of farming crops that would do better in their terrain rather than concentrating on fishing.
Mrs Chinyama said this yesterday when Defense Minister Edgar Lungu paid a courtesy call on her in her office.
And Mr Lungu told the District Commissioner to use available resources to alleviate the hunger situation as government would not encourage giving out relief food all the time.
The Minister observed that people would not develop if they were used to receiving handouts.
He encouraged the local people to practice crop diversification as it was the only way out of hunger in the district.
Mr Lungu was disappointed that Kalabo district despite having a good terrain for rice farming, people were eating imported rice when they could grow and export it to other places.
He said there was need for local people to grow rice to levels of self sufficiency unlike the prevailing situation which he was not pleased with.