Mumbwa MP laments poor govt agro policies

By Staff Reporter

Mumbwa member of parliament Credo Nanjuwa says government’s poor and inconsistent agriculture policies have had serious negative effects on other sectors such as education and health in rural areas.

Nanjuwa said it has become difficult for people in rural areas to support sectors such as education and health owing to the low prices for their produce resulting into low disposable income.

Speaking when he donated funds towards the construction of a classroom block at St Annie Scott Community School in Mumba ward, Nanjuwa said communities were unable to support projects as was the case in the past due to low income levels.

“We used to have community initiatives which were supported by communities because they had something to spare after selling their produce. This, however, cannot be said to be the same. K70 per 50kg bag of maize is too meagre for any family to spare some money for community projects,” said Nanjuwa.

“We are killing the community oneness that once existed amongst us. Look at this school and report from the headteacher. Parents who are primarily peasant farmers are finding it difficult to pay the K 30 per term because they can’t. Something has to be done.”  

And school headteacher James Lukonde outlined challenges the school was going thrugh, including lack of proper facilities.

“This is the open hall where all classes take place. We have three chalkboards and have devised a system where two grades use one board at a given time. What happens is that Grade 6 and 7 uses one board, 5 and 4 use the other one while pre grade and one use one also,” lamented Lukonde. “It means that the board is divided into two to allow each grade its own space. When one grade is learning the other grade is given an activity until the other lesson is done and vice versa. Just try to imagine the difficulties we have when handling the pre grade and grade one. It is difficult to tell them to keep quiet as others learn. It’s a sorry sight but that’s the best we can manage.”