The Zambian government said on Tuesday that it intends to invest more in harvesting rain-water and building more dams to cut dependence on rain-fed agriculture.

Minister of Agriculture Dora Siliya said some provinces have been hit by prolonged dry spells during the 2017-2018 farming season, which may result in poor harvest of the country’s staple crop, maize.

However, she said, the country will not face hunger because it has adequate maize stocks in its reserves.

The Zambia National Farmers Union has already warned that the country’s maize production could halve if the dry spell continues into the next month. Enditem



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