Government urged to address looming hunger

The Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR) has called on government to come up with practical measures to combat the looming hunger in the country.

CSPR Board Chairperson John Lijimu says government through the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock should come up with ways on how the country can be assured of food security in view of the looming hunger situation.

Mr. Lijimu has told the media today that due to the bad yields that the country is likely to experience there is need to put stringent measures in place to alleviate the problem that will affect the country’s food security.

He explained that the looming hunger in the country especially in regard to maize which is the main staple food is real hence government should quickly find solutions to cushion the impact.

He noted that the bad yields experienced in the ended farming season was due to the factors, the evasion of army worms  and late delivery of farming inputs to farmers by government.

Lijimu said the situation would have been better only if government channeled more resources towards ensuring that there was enough food produced by diversifying the agriculture sector. Aaccording to their survey next year the country is likely to have a shortage of food supply of up to 40 percent.

He further to appealed to the Minister of Agriculture to rise to the challenge and ensure there is proper, timely Management and Implementation of Food Input Support Programme (FISP) which should spread to a broad section of the famers in the country to guarantee food security in the coming harvest year.

He added that government should also increase budgetary allocation to the agricultural sector that will cushion the impact left by the poor yields this year.

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