‘PROTECT LOCAL POTATO GROWERS’

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By BUSINESS REPORTER

GOVERNMENT has been urged to restrict the importation of potatoes in order for Zambian growers to flourish.

Aplan Estate owner Alex Holding said there was need for government to protect
local farmers particularly those growing potatoes.

Mr Holding said this when a team of delegates led by Central Province Permanent Secretary Chanda Kabwe visited the farm recently.

Aplan Estate which is located in Mkushi district has employed more than 70 workers, producing about 4,000 tonnes of potatoes from 80 hectares.

The largest market is in Kitwe and other Copperbelt towns.

Mr Holding also told the delegates that there was need to enhance education in agriculture sector.

He said the current situation where people wanted to get into farming after retiring should be changed.

In a vote of thanks, Chingola Municipal Council chairperson Titus Tembo thanked Mr Holding for being inspiration to Zambians.

The delegates also visited Damust Farm, which is owned by Joseph Daka, one of the most successful local farmers employing more than 700 people during peak periods.

Damust is involved in seed growing on behalf of SeedCo and the story about the farm is captivating and inspiring to any investor.

As part of the just ended Central Province Investment forum and Expo 2018, the delegates travelled to various districts to get the first hand information about investment opportunities and appreciate the region’s endowments.

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