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    Zambia's President Kaunda has announced new measures to combat the country's food shortages.

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    CU INTERIOR Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda speaking in English.

    KAUNDA: "Mmmm... I think those resources which were meant for the liberation war in Zimbabwe have already been spent. That's how we fought, comrade. So they can't really be available for this programme. Those resources we are going to use now are other resources than those we spend on the war. But if you mean by that to say, have we got, have we provided some money for this programme, the answer is yes, we have some money to meet the local costs. But most of the items, as I said, are coming from outside, together with other specialists to come and help our own young people to be trained -- that's something I forgot to mention. There will be a very, very serious problem of training mechanics, engineers, specialists and so on and so on."

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    Background: Zambia's President Kaunda has announced new measures to combat the country's food shortages. Called Operation Food Production, it will be financed partly by aid from the United States, Britain, West Germany, China and other nations. Farmers will receive incentives through tax cuts and higher guaranteed prices in an attempt to solve the shortage of maize, Zambia's staple food. The operation was unveiled by President Kaunda after wee-long talks with the central committee of the ruling United National Independence Party. At a news conference in Lusaka on Friday (23 May), he was asked if funds that had been spent on the liberation war in Zimbabwe -- which had been blamed for the food shortages -- would be diverted to the new programme.

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