Government gets tough on vendors

The provincial administration says that it will not legalize any illegality.

Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo says that no illegal street vendors will be allowed to get back to the streets.

Speaking to Breeze News, Mr. Kasolo says that all traders that were removed from the street have to visit the council so that they are given trading stands in markets.

Reacting to reports of street vendors that have gone back to the streets barely a week after being removed, Mr. Kasolo says that anyone abrogating the law will be arrested.

He says that the outbreak of cholera was a big reminder to Zambians to ensure that they improve their standards of hygiene.

Mr. Kasolo further says that all illegal street vendors have to pay taxes to ensure that there is fairness with those operating in markets.

And Mr. Kasolo says that Eastern Province has managed to control the outbreak of cholera as there are only few cases.

Italy ready to assist Zambia

Italian Ambassador to Zambia Fillippo Scammacca Del   Murgo says that Italy has a lot to offer Zambia as the country moves to lessen its economic dependence on copper.

Speaking when he paid a courtesy call on Eastern Province Deputy Permanent Secretary, Patrick Mwanawasa, Dr. Del Murgo says that he had been visiting different Italian families who have settled near the border to Malawi who were investing in different economic activities.

He says some of the Italian investors who are in the province are growing macadamia nuts on an eight hundred hectare land that will be exported and will help in lessening the country’s dependence on copper.

The Italian ambassador says that his office has in the recent past been holding a lot of meetings with Italian investors who want to invest in the country’s agriculture industry.

He says Italy does not have a lot of natural resource and therefore, has had to depend on agriculture.

The ambassador says the Italians are willing to share the knowledge they have about agriculture with the people of Eastern province and Zambia as a whole.

And speaking during the same occasion, Deputy Permanent Secretary Patrick Mwanawasa says that Eastern Province is an agriculture oriented province and any investment in the sector is welcome.

He says that the province recently started growing wheat, which will need value addition.

Mr. Mwanawasa explained that since Italy produces a lot of wheat products, the province would be a perfect place for Italian investors to come to.

MMD advises government on FISP

The Movement for Multi-Party Democracy, MMD in Eastern Province says government should learn lessons from the 2017/2018 FISP, Farmer Input Support Program, which has seen a lot of farmers not acquiring inputs in time.

Provincial MMD Spokesperson Zefeniya Kaleya says a number of cooperatives in many districts such as Mambwe have not yet accessed farming inputs, a situation he described as worrying.

Mr. Kaleya told Breeze News that government should prioritize the agriculture sector, apart from mining and tourism.

He says this is because the country can get the most needed revenue through food products, stating that this can only be achieved if farmers produce more food.

Mr. Kaleya says government should not wait for the rain season, to start the distribution of farming inputs to farmers.

He hopes that government will expedite the process of activating electronic voucher cards for the affected farmers, in order for them to acquire inputs as soon as possible.