Vice President Inonge Wina says Government appreciates the importance of research in the development of the agriculture sector.
The Vice President says the construction of the state of the art soil testing laboratory at Zambia Agriculture Research Institute at Msekera research station in Chipata district, is a clear manifestation of the PF resolve to improve food production at national and household level.
Mrs. Wina said this when she officiated at the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction a soil and fertilizer testing laboratory at Msekera research station.
The Vice President expressed happiness that the project which is being spearheaded by the Zambia Integrated Forest Landscape has a component of empowering communities in Eastern province through community sub grants.
Mrs. Wina who also handed over the first community sub grants under the Zambia Integrated Forest Landscape Project, urged the beneficiaries to ensure that the money is used prudently.
She said the grants are meant to improve the livelihoods of local people by engaging in sustainable income generating projects.
And Agriculture Minister Michael Katambo says the soil testing laboratory will be constructed at an estimated cost of 700-thousand United States Dollars.
Mr. Katambo added that the soil testing laboratory which will be completed within 8 months will enhance research capacity at the research station.
Meanwhile, Minister of National Development Planning Alexander Chiteme said the handover of the community sub grants shows Government’s resolve to address the adverse impacts of climate change.
Mr. Chiteme added that the project shows Government’s commitment to deliver sustainable and inclusive development to all parts of the country.
The Zambia integrated Forest landscape project is a 32.8 Million United States Dollars Government initiative being implemented in all the districts of Eastern Province.
The project which is being supported by the World Bank and has been under implementation from 2018 and will end in 2022.