President Edgar Lungu says agriculture remains key to creation of jobs for young people in the country.
President Lungu says this why youths should be brought on board and participate in the agriculture sector.
And the President is happy that farmers across the country are ready for the 2020-2021 crop planting exercise.
He says farmers should ensure they use a good variety of seeds if they are to have a good yield.
President Lungu has also encouraged extension officers to help farmers to increase their fields.
He says unless farming is taken as a business, not much will be done to grow the sector.
President Lungu said this today when he officially lunched the 2020-2021 National Crop planting exercise in Petauke District of Eastern Province.
During the same event, the head of state announced that government will protect small scale tobacco farmers who are not treated fairly.
And President Lungu donated a tractor to the host farmer, Paul Yengwe.
He also donated another tractor to the District Agriculture Club in Petauke District.
And President Lungu said government will continue making improvements on the delivery of farming inputs to the farmers.
He said government will ensure farmers continue receiving their inputs on time.
The head of state also toured stands for companies that are exhibiting their products at the venue where the crop planning exercise has been launched.
Meanwhile, British High Commissioner to Zambia Nicholas Woolley said his government will work with Zambia to improve the Agriculture sector.
And Agriculture Minister Michael Katambo thanked President Lungu for the support he has continued to give to the agriculture sector.
Zambia National Farmers Union President Jervis Zimba said the demand for maize in the SADC region has not yet been met, hence the need for farmers to work hard and grow enough not only for Zambia but for the outside market.