Ministry Engages Private Agriculturalists

Assistant Minster of Agriculture, Mr Fidelis Molao, is aware of the general shortage of agricultural extension workers including the Nata-Gweta constituency.

Answering a question in Parliament, Mr Molao said the problem was not unique to the Nata-Gweta constituency because it was presently unaffordable for government to have staff in all the extension areas in the country.

However, he said to counter the shortage, his ministry had re-organised its services so that extension areas without officers were serviced by officers from other stations.

He further said the ministry had also embarked on an initiative to engage private agriculturalists to provide extension services.

The assistant minister added that the services were to be paid partly from savings made on overtime expenditure, which had been substantial for the ministry.

He said Nata-Gweta constituency stands to benefit from such an initiative.

Nata-Gweta MP, Mr Polson Majaga had asked the minister if he was aware that there was shortage of agricultural demonstrators and veterinary officers in the Nata-Gweta constituency.

Source : Parliament