Today is August 3, a day celebrated as Farmers’ Day to recognise the services rendered by our farmers to our people.
We all know that Zambia is a land of villages and most of the populations residing in villages are farmers. We dedicate this day to solidarity with our farmers. And on this day we salute all those who toil in the soil to feed us.
Farmers who have made significant achievements should be honoured on this day.
The advent of farming was a crucial turning point in the evolution of humankind. Human society has transformed from that of a hunter-gatherer stage to that that of a permanently settled one because of agriculture. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of human civilisation.
No wonder it is said that the ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.
Our food is the result of farmers’ hard work. In the earlier days farmers had to face threats only from nature. However, today apart from nature, they also have to face threats from decisions of treacherous politicians, transnational corporations who are the suppliers and owners of seed, suppliers of fertilisers and contract farming.
The welfare of farmers and peasants have to be ensured. Only then can we ensure the comprehensive development of our society. The social service done by our farmers must be given its due.
Revival of our agricultural sector is one of the three pillars of your party’s programme – the Socialist Party. Agricultural prosperity forms the basis for the Socialist Party’s comprehensive development of our country.
It is said that agriculture not only gives riches to a nation, but the only riches she can call her own.
Under the Socialist Party government agriculture will be the most healthful, most useful, and most noble employment.
Farmers are backbone of a country and you can’t stand straight if your backbone is broken. The life of a farmer is very tough as he or she works very hard day and night in all seasons for us.
Our farmers deserve all our support and respect.
Issued by Fred M’membe on behalf of the Politburo of Socialist Party
Mwika Royal Village, Chinsali
August 3, 2020