from ARNOLD MULENGA in Lusaka, Zambia
LUSAKA, (CAJ News) – PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu will officially open the Agritech Expo Zambia on Friday.
The event in Chisamba this week is set to attract more than 22 000 visitors as well as some 270 local and international agri equipment and services suppliers.
The theme of the president’s address during the opening ceremony will be, “Resilience part of Zambian nature: Applauding every step forward towards the modernisation of Zambian agriculture.”
Jervis Zimba, President of the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) and the owners of Agritech Expo Zambia, said while farmers have been through a difficult period without droughts recently, it was time to revive the sector.
“It is time to put the challenges behind us and have a fresh start,” Zimba said.
ZNFU is in the process of producing a Marshall Plan for short term, medium term and long term agricultural plans that, if adopted, could help propel the sector to a whole new level, according to Zimba.
“As ZNFU, we have an open-door policy and are open to discussions. We would like to share our ideas and plans with government and other stakeholders, and hence platforms like Agritech Expo.”
Zimba said farmers had already set the tone for the approach in agriculture development, with many committed to diversification.
“We have to grow agriculture. This year’s Agritech Expo will avail the latest technologies and agro innovations and machinery that will help the farmer pick up the pieces and start on a fresh agro-trajectory,” he said.
– CAJ News