By Patrick Soko
The National Union for Small Scale Farmers of Zambia has questioned the move by the Ministry of Agriculture to cancel the 2019 Agricultural and Commercial Shows in Lusaka, Southern and Western provinces on account of drought spells experienced in the said provinces.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture Songowayo Zyambo explains that the drought spells in the 2018/2019 farming season severely affected crop growth leading to general crop failure and poor harvests.
Zyambo in a statement issued to 5fm news said the situation has compelled the ministry to cancel holding of Agricultural Shows in the drought-affected provinces as there is very little to exhibit at the shows.
He however said the rest of the provinces namely, Central, Copperbelt, North-Western, Luapula, Muchinga, Northern and Eastern, which received adequate rainfall and registered good harvest, will hold their agricultural shows.
But Union Director General Dr Frank Kayula feels the justifications are not reasonable considering the fact that agriculture is very diverse and not all sectors are affected.
He says the show provides a platform for knowledge sharing in view of improving agriculture productivity.