By MOSES SINJWALA
FARMERS should diversify from the old primary type agriculture into agro processing as this will boost their production and income, Chipili Town Council Chairman Isaac Kafwimbi has advised.
Mr. Kafwimbi said turning primary agriculture into processed products had the potential to bring about tangible benefits to the Zambians such as employment creation and poverty alleviation.
Mr. Kafwimbi said establishing small-scale, appropriate and sustainable processing businesses that were flexible, required little capital investment and could be carried out without the need for sophisticated or expensive equipment.
He said this yesterday when he officiated at the 2019 Chipili District Agricultural and Commercial Show held under the theme “embracing industrial development.”
He said it was undisputable that agriculture in Zambia remained a major contributor to Zambia’s economy and employment.
“This can be seen by a number of sustainable economic empowerment programmes which the government has put in place of which most of them agricultural are related.
One of such empowerment is solar hammer mills loans.
This is because it has identified the agricultural sector as key in driving economic growth in our country.
Mr. Kafwimbi reminded the farmers that agro processing opportunities in Chipili district include; peanut butter production, cassava processing, grain milling, edible oil production, fruit canning and juice extraction and animal or stock feed production.
This according to a statement made available to the Daily Nation by Chipili Town Council public relations officer Oscar Malipenga.