Northern Province minister Colonel Gerry Chanda has said government should stand ready to address the looming hunger situation in the country.
Colonel Chanda said the impending hunger is as a result of poor performance by institutions mandated to manage the agriculture sector.
After touring the province, he said government has not done well in promoting agriculture in the 2012/2013 agriculture season.
There are fears of hunger in the country this year after a poor approach to agriculture policies that included late delivery of farming inputs. Nsumbu in Kasama has already started recording serious food shortages while the price of mealie meal is sky-rocketing.