Government in partnership with a local seed house has re-launched the Zunde Ramambo concept with a view to boosting the countryâ€™s food security by allocating each chief 100 kilogrammes of seed maize andÂ 10 kilogrammes of sorghum.
Officially launching the programme, the Minister of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development, Dr Ignatius Chombo, said the gesture by the local seed house which availed the seed is commendable, adding that the partnership should yield positive for food security.
â€œThe seed will cover 4 hectares and as government we need to maintain the relationship for several years to come as each chief will get seed to lead by example towards promoting productivity,â€ said Dr Chomho.
Chiefs Council President, Chief Fortune Charumbirac said the Zunde Ramambo concept is vital for the nation as it ensures that traditional leaders will execute their role of helping food insecure hoseholds.
As chiefs we are happy with this development and its critical in promoting food security and will ensure that every household facing food challenges will be assisted,â€ Chief Charumbira said.
The Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Dr Joseph Made said under the Zunde Ramambo concept the community benefits more, hence the need to support the project.
â€œThis will compliment governmentâ€™s US$50 million of inputs and we have since directed that chiefs get seed on behalf of their people to reduce distance travelled,â€ said Dr Made.
The Zunde Ramambo concept has been in operational since 1980, but had been adversely affected by sanctions in recent years.