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Tuesday, 04 August 2015

EU-Zambia: €14.8m deal for farmers’ union

The European Union (EU) and the Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) have signed a €14.8 million project to construct agricultural service centres over a period of 4years. The EU is providing about €12.7 million, while ZNFU is contributing €2.1 million of the final sum. The ZNFU will oversea the project activities of upgrading two exiting centres in Choma and Mumbwa, and four new centres will be established in Chibombo, Mpongwe, Lundazi, and Mbala. Out-going head of EU delegation to Zambia and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Gilles Hervio said “These centres will be leased to and operated by agribusinesses and private service providers selected on a competitive basis. By alleviating part of the commercial risks, an incentive will be created for private operators to run these one-stop shops.” ZNFU executive director Ndambo Ndambo also explained that the project also includes a feasibility study for the establishment of a trading platform at Kasumbalesa on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Source: daily-mail.co.zm