The Zambian leader, President Kenneth Kaunda said on Sunday (10 August) that agriculture must be the lifeblood of the nation and not copper.
The Zambian leader, President Kenneth Kaunda said on Sunday (10 August) that agriculture must be the lifeblood of the nation and not copper. The President was speaking at the opening of the 49th Zambia Agricultural and Commercial Show in Lusaka.
President Kaunda said the Government would give support to farmers so production could be increased. He wanted peasant farmers to produce in abundance the traditional crops of millet, sorghum and cassava and join commercial farmers in the production of crops like groundnuts, soya beans, rice, wheat, cotton and a variety of fruit and vegetables.
As part of its scheme to help farmers, the President promised the Government would increase depots in rural areas and improve the standard of roads in isolated districts. Communications will also be improved. President Kaunda warned that such moves could only be justified if there was an increase in rural production.
Dr. Kaunda warned that copper was in danger of exhaustion because of manipulators in foreign copper markets.
SYNOPSIS: The forty-ninth Zambia Agricultural and Commercial Show opened in Lusaka on Sunday. This year the Government is placing special emphasis on the show and hopes to attract a large crowd.
The Government stand is one of the largest at the show. With Zambia's traditional foreign exchange earner, copper, running out the Government is anxious to increase rural production. The show features the latest agricultural equipment displayed with the aim of presenting the industry as an attractive occupation.
Opening the show, the Zambian leader, President Kenneth Kaunda promised farmers Government help to increase production. He said more rural depots would be set up, roads improved and communications increased. The President also criticised laziness and said people who did not put in a full day's work were impeding the nation's progress.