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Govt must reconsider its budget allocation to ZARI – Mumba

Newspaper The Mast

DZIWA Science & Technology DSaT executive director Veronica Mwaba says experts should be supported to develop improved crop varieties and modern technologies to enhance food security.

Mumba said media reports suggesting that Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI) is appealing for more funding from government to develop climate resilient crops should be taken seriously.

She said a reduction of K4 million in the 2019/2020 budget would make it harder for scientists to discover procedures that protect the environment and crops from pests and diseases.

Mumba said it was important for the government to reconsider its position and allocate more resources for research and development.

“Furthermore, key stakeholders should note that the amount of research that goes on at ZARI is what the agricultural sector needs and should never be underestimated. Research has shown that climate change impact will be devastating by 2044,” said Mumba. “Therefore, more resources are required in research and development. Experts should be supported to develop improved crop varieties and modern technologies to enhance food security.”

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