Agri-business

Chikankata farmers to train in business skills

TRYNESS MBALE, Lusaka
AFRICAN Management Services Company (AMSCO) intends to support the management framework of Manyonyo Irrigation Company Limited to boost sugar cane production in Chikankata through training in various business skills.
The project is aimed at addressing challenges faced by most enterprises owned by Zambian farmers such as shortage of business management skills, weak governance structures leading to poor leadership and non-existent business processes and systems.
According to the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU)’s brief availed to the Daily Mail recently, about 595 hectares is earmarked for cane production and this is meant to benefit the local farmers in the area.
“AMSCO, a United Nations Development Programme funded program is set to support the management framework of Manyonyo Irrigation Company Limited so as to boost the sugar cane production for Manyonyo farmers in Chikankata ,” the brief states.
The union also says farmers have so far contributed four hectares each of land for the project.
It says Manyonyo Irrigation Company Limited has over 164 farms which are earmarked for cadastral land survey services for title issuance.
A cadastral Land survey service is a comprehensive register of the real estate.
AMSCO is a pan African human capital development organisation that provides integrated enterprise solutions to private and state run businesses across sub-Saharan Africa to become globally competitive, profitable and sustainable.
Meanwhile, poultry farmers in Choma are still faced with the challenge of lack of access to finance, high interest rates from commercial banks and lack of market for their products.
Other challenges are inadequate technical knowledge on poultry management, high cost of veterinary drugs and stock feed. This has negatively affected the growth of the industry in the district.
ZNFU says the Poultry Association of Zambia will facilitate training for farmers countrywide on poultry management and biosecurity and continue lobbying for lower cost of veterinary services and stock feed among others.

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