Zambian President Lungu reveals plans to empower rural communities

Zambian President, Edgar Lungu has revealed his plans of empowering rural communities in a bid to fight hunger and poverty. Photo: Zambian Media

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – Zambian President, Edgar Lungu has revealed his plans of empowering rural communities in a bid to fight hunger and poverty.

Vice President, Inonge Wina has outlined these plans, saying that the country recognised agriculture as the main stay of its economy.

“The President’s vision is to further improve nutritional levels which is in conformity with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ending poverty by empowering rural communities,” she said.

Wina was speaking in Mumbai, India, where she held talks with India’s leading solar powered water pump manufacturer, Shakti Pumps.

She emphasised that that agriculture productivity was largely dependant on the various components of modern technology like irrigation, modern multiplication of improved seed varieties that are drought resistant, and can withstand harsh weather conditions.

Wina noted that the country stood ready to benchmark from India on technology especially solar water pumping solutions.

“There is need for solar pumping technology in Zambia to increase dry season irrigation to achieve food sufficiency,” she said.

Shakti Pumps Vice President for International Business, Lakhpatsingh Dabi, said the solar powered water pumps which could be switched on and off from any part of the world on phone also made it impossible to use once stolen.

Zambia’s High Commissioner to India, Judith Kapijimpanga, assured Shakti Pumps that the company could work with water utilities in Zambia in providing solar water pumping solutions in view of the energy deficit that equally affected water supply.

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