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COST OF LIVING SHOOTS, GOVT URGED TO INVEST IN AGRICULTURE

THE Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) says the cost of living in the month of January for a family of five in Lusaka was recorded at K7,410.96 compared to K5,395.35 that was recorded last year in the same period under review.

According to information released by JCTR Media and Communications Officer Enock Ngoma, the Basic Needs and Nutrition Basket (BNNB) increased by 11.9 percent between December 2019 and January 2020.

The increase in the cost of living was triggered by high commodity prices such as Kapenta which oved from K205.85 to K299.07 per kilogramme.

Other essential commodities which increased include onion and tomato where the former increased from k48.53 to K150.88 and the latter increased from K57.36 to K118.58.

From the non-essential food items, notable increases were charcoal which shot from K296 to K360 (for two 90 kilograms bag) and electricity which moved from K292 to K500.

Meanwhile, Ngoma has urged government to put in place robust efforts in the agriculture sector that will ensure food security in the awake of drought and floods experienced in the last few years.

He says there is need to invest in horticulture, irrigation system and alternative farming methods.

Ngoma says this will ensure that locals could productively grow and produce diverse food for consumption and commercial purposes, thereby creating employment and reducing food imports.

He adds that in the awake of the socio economic challenges facing the country, JCTR will continue to call upon government to effect economic growth centred on pro poor policies such as investment in agriculture and irrigationCOST OF LIVING SHOOTS, GOVT URGED TO INVEST IN AGRICULTURE

THE Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) says the cost of living in the month of January for a family of five in Lusaka was recorded at K7,410.96 compared to K5,395.35 that was recorded last year in the same period under review.

According to information released by JCTR Media and Communications Officer Enock Ngoma, the Basic Needs and Nutrition Basket (BNNB) increased by 11.9 percent between December 2019 and January 2020.

The increase in the cost of living was triggered by high commodity prices such as Kapenta which oved from K205.85 to K299.07 per kilogramme.

Other essential commodities which increased include onion and tomato where the former increased from k48.53 to K150.88 and the latter increased from K57.36 to K118.58.

From the non-essential food items, notable increases were charcoal which shot from K296 to K360 (for two 90 kilograms bag) and electricity which moved from K292 to K500.

Meanwhile, Ngoma has urged government to put in place robust efforts in the agriculture sector that will ensure food security in the awake of drought and floods experienced in the last few years.

He says there is need to invest in horticulture, irrigation system and alternative farming methods.

Ngoma says this will ensure that locals could productively grow and produce diverse food for consumption and commercial purposes, thereby creating employment and reducing food imports.

He adds that in the awake of the socio economic challenges facing the country, JCTR will continue to call upon government to effect economic growth centred on pro poor policies such as investment in agriculture and irrigation


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