China Non-Ferrous Metal Luanshya Mining Company (CLM) will give out 250 bags of 50 kilograms of fertilizer to small scale farmers in Zambia this farming season to increase on food security in the Southern African country, CLM spokesperson Sydney Chileya said on Sunday.
The farming community is happy that CLM gesture to increase on agricultural support will improve food security not only in Luanshya district but the Copperbelt province as a whole.
In response to a press query to Xinhua, Chileya said the mining firm will continue to supplement Zambian government effort to support the farming community in its area of operation.
“Apart from giving out fertilizer the company will also distribute other farming inputs such as seeds,” he said.
And the the Zambia Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU) has hailed CLM for showing its commitment towards helping small scale farmers with farming inputs in order to boost agricultural activities in the area.
ZCTU Luanshya district chairman Tresford Chikope said the Chinese owned mine’s gesture will improve the living standards of many residents in the area.
“This is very good not everyone can be a miner, it is good that Chinese firm was also helping small scale vulnerable farmers with farming inputs” he said.
Chikope urged the would-be recipients of the farming inputs to work hard and produce more food for the citizenry.
“Let us emulate our colleagues, the Chinese who spend most of their time working,” he said.
He urged Zambian workers who work for the Chinese firms to be committed and learn the Chinese working culture towards improved production for the benefit of the nation.
“We must appreciate and treasure the Chinese employers for their commitment to play a role in the economic development of Zambia and Africa as a whole,” he said. Enditem