Sunday, 29 June 2014

Kafue Retirees Shine At Provincial Agriculture Show

By Paul Shalala in Kafue

Khosa Stadium in Kafue District was yesterday a hive of activity as it hosted this year's Lusaka Province Agriculture and Commercial Show.

All the seven districts in Lusaka Province exhibited their agriculture products at the show including the newly created Chirundu, Shibuyunji and Rufunsa.

The private sector as well as government ministries and departments where also present.

Despite not being in the agricultural sector, the Anti-Corruption Commission exhibited at the show and sensitised show goers on the evils of corruption.

The commission mounted a Public Address system at the show and played various anti-graft messages which ranged from what corruption is to how to report suspicious activities.

Even the recently recapitalised Nitrogen Chemicals of Zambia also pitched up at the show, showcasing its fertiliser products which are now being produced in Zambia for the first time in decades.

Kafue District Council Chairman Gibson Sinkala, who was the guest of honor, told show goers that this year, government had made strides in promoting agriculture in the sector.

"This year government has increased the Farmer Input Support allocation for Lusaka Province from 66,964 packs for maize to 77,626 to ensure that more small scale farmers benefit from the program and are freed from hunger," he said.

Several awards were given to deserving private companies, government departments, individuals, cooperatives and clubs which exhibited at the show.

The Kafue Retirees Association was the most awarded as they bagged two awards in the cooperatives category and the overall best stand award.

The newly created Shibuyunji District managed to get third prize in the productivity awards while the first prize was scooped by Lusaka District.

The Ministry of Community Development in Kafue District walked away with the best government ministries award while Kavinra Enterprises scooped the Small scale industries award.

The show was held under the theme: Breaking new grounds

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