A budget tracking exercise by Civil Society for Poverty Reduction reveals shortage of staff in agriculture blocks and camps.

Some of the Agricultural Blocks and Camps in the province are not manned and lack adequate staff housing for extension officers.
This is according findings by CSPR, Civil Society for Poverty Reduction through their budget tracking and service delivery monitoring programme.
CSPR Provincial Coordinator, Maxwell Nkhoma says that his organization recommends that a block should be manned by at least two agricultural officers namely, a field services officer and a veterinary officer.
He says that CSPR is also recommending that more inputs and crop storage sheds be built to alleviate the shortage of storage space currently obtaining in the province.
In a statement availed to Breeze News, Mr. Nkhoma further says that Msekera research station is ill equipped and that there is need to buy modern equipment to furnish the station.
He adds that in order to encourage diversification in the sector, damming of major rivers and streams for the purposes of irrigation to be intensified is required.
Mr. Nkhoma notes that despite the sector being a business venture, many farmers in the province treat agriculture as a secondary economic activity.

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