By PETER MALASHA
I’M impressed to see a young Zambian venturing into commercial farming, Minister of Labour and social security Joyce Nonde has said.
Ms. Nonde made the remarks when she toured Damast farm in Mkushi at the weekend which is managed by an indigenous youthful Zambian farmer, Joe Daka.
Ms. Nonde noted that the young farmer had a success story to tell and put in place all the systems required by labour laws to promote and protect the interests of the workers as important factors of production.
She said there was need for young people to venture into agriculture while they were young instead of depending on government to employ them.
Ms. Nonde further implored young poeple to venture into farming as a business during their productive stages not when they reached 50 years and above.
“Youths, let’s change our working culture and attitudes towards work. We need to admire good practices and reduce on idle time and be productive.
Start farming in a small way as a business during your youthful stage not at 50 years or after retiring at 65. Emulate Mr. Daka and the wife,” Ms. Nonde said.
Damast farm is one of the largest producers of SEEDCO maize seed located in Mkushi’s Chalata area.
In another development, Ms. Nonde advised Wakawaka farm proprietor Newton Young to improve on safety and health of workers including the office working environment.
She also warmed Sacko Mining Limited director Sako Bassi to put his mine in order or face closure.
Ms. Nonde warned Mr. Bassi when she inspected the mine premises with her team which included Central province permanent secretary Benard Chomba, Labour Commissioner Chanda Kaziya, Mkushi District Commissioner Luka Mwamba and provincial as well as district government officers.