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Veep Advises Zambians to Turn To Cheaper Foods

Vice-President Inonge Wina has appealed to all Zambians to focus on diversifying diets at household-level by reducing the consumption of highly refined foods because it is cheaper and the action also comes with health benefits.

Vice-President Wina said this when she received a team led by Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR) board chairperson Isaac Ngoma, who paid a courtesy call on her to discuss developmental matters on Tuesday.

This is contained in a statement ssued by Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Vice-President Stephen Mwansa.

“The Vice-President has appealed to all Zambians to focus on diversifying diets at household-level by reducing the consumption of highly refined foods because it is cheaper and the action also comes with health benefits. She stated that practical measures include turning to low-cost food crops that also have higher health benefits, such as millet, sorghum, sweet potatoes, pumpkins and cassava. As part of poverty reduction strategies, Mrs Wina also commended Chief Chitambo of Serenje District for calling on Zambians to promote and revert to more traditional foods that have greater health benefits,” Mwansa stated. “In the same vein, Her Honour the Vice-President has also commended hotels, lodges and restaurants that are promoting traditional dishes as part of their service offerings. Mrs Wina stated that the gradual shift from predominantly maize-based meals is good for the nation as more nutritious foods will find more space at our tables. The Vice-President further stated that the switch is one of the low-cost and effective ways of also addressing stunting and malnutrition in the country, as well as assurance of food security at domestic and community-levels.”

Vice-President Wina has further directed all Ministries, Provinces and Spending Agencies (MPSA) to create conducive platforms for engaging non-state actors in the execution and delivery of government programmes.

“Mr Ngoma praised government for undertaking austerity measures aimed at increasing the resource base to meet developmental needs in the economic and social sectors. Mr Ngoma also requested government to put more emphasis on implementing programmes that will have greater positive impact in society, including addressing youth unemployment and women empowerment challenges. Mr Ngoma further stressed the need for government to focus on domestic resource mobilization and prudent debt management in order to stabilize the economy, and the Vice-President further reminded CSPR to play the interface role between government and the grassroots where it has a network of community and faith-based organizations,” stated Vice-President Wina. “In order to actualize this action, the Vice-President directed Ministries, Provinces and Spending Agencies to create conducive platforms for engaging non-state actors in the execution and delivery of government programmes through timely information sharing…”

9 Comments

  1. Bbolex

    That wont solve the problem, think of subsidies on farming inputs fuel inclusive.

  2. Leonard

    Failure failure failure, what’s happening kansi cause I can’t afford even a bag of roler meal or cassava meal

  3. Barotse establishment

    Mwanja watula bo mukwahe mukutise feela price ya bupi esi mwendi mupalwezi mubulele feela

  4. Winnipeg Nyirongo

    This is failure!!!! This is failure!!!!!This is failure!!!!! When your Children are asking you to reduce the prices of the Zambian Staple Food called MAIZE and then you tell them to practice diversification, it simply tells me your Parenting has totally failed!!!!! All what we need from you Her Honour the Vice-president and your Government is to intervene in this HUNGER SITUATION which has hit Zambia. We are surprised and disappointed with your answer or opinion for Zambians to start practicing diversification farming!!!!!!! This shows that PAYA FAMA (PF) is NOT a caring Government at all!!!!!! Your Government does not care for the electorates who voted for PF jubeelantly in 2016 and now you have turned against them why????

  5. Chali

    We need a new Government with fresh minds not Abakote

  6. puzzled

    and u madam u shouid consider eating bondwe n kalembula,adding tobwa n chipotahai on ur breakfast thos stufs ar gud 4 ur body not lionse amachicken shawama iyoooo!!!

  7. reag

    All these years you are telling us that. Mama not that you’ve just failed just accept as if you are telling the one who born yesterday. You are the root cause poor planning. Agriculture was perfect before you come. the late President Mwanawase implement good police we started producing bumper harvest and feed our neighboring countries.

  8. katwishi

    kuti watukana ifyaso

  9. Dr. I.P.A. Manning

    My friend, Chief Chitambo, is absolutely right. Don’t have anything to do with nitrogenous fertilizers, insecticides and dodgy maize markets – let alone GMO seeds or the rights to do with your seeds as you wish. Rediscover your ecological roots in time to deal with the runaway climate disaster. We in the global North look to the villagers to show us how it should be done. And don’t use the free mosquito nets provided by the likes of Microsoft Gates to catch fish. Appoint the guardians of nature once again – the Achiwinda!

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