Club works to improve mushroom growing

LOCALLY grown grapes on display at Lusaka's Manda Hill Shoprite. PICTURE: MACKSON WASAMUNU

FREEDOM Women Club (FWC) in Chingola has embarked on capacity building in mushroom growing after the group failed to meet the two tonnes required by Shoprite chain of stores in the mining district.

FWC treasurer Jole Sakeni said the group was only able to manage 500 kilogrammes of mushroom which fell short of the required supplies of the two tonnage to Shoprite.
“Shoprite accepted to be supplied with our home-grown mushroom, but we are unable to meet the required tonnage, we are now building on capacity to improve on the tonnage, currently we are just able to harvest half a tonnage,” she said.
Ms Sakeni said this during the just ended district agriculture and commercial show under the theme: ‘Adding value the grown home, grown solution.’
She said the group is also scouting for more members to ensure that it meets the target to be supplied to Shoprite Checkers.
Apart from growing mushroom, the group is also involved in cultivating of other cash crops.
“We are trying to get rid of poverty in our homes by getting involved in these agricultural activities,” she said.
And Twikatane Luano Women Club secretary Jane Spider commended Government for the farmer input supplies.
Ms Spider said what was required was to deliver farming inputs on time.
And Chingola mayor Titus Tembo commended women for their involvement in agriculture especially in mushroom growing to improve their livelihood.
Mr Tembo said Government supports agriculture as it is one of the sectors that contribute positively towards economic growth.
“The agriculture sector also creates jobs for the local people,” he said.
Mr Tembo said Government is promoting diversification in agriculture to enable more stakeholders play a leading role in promoting food security in the nation.
He said feeder roads leading to agriculture farm blocks will be rehabilitated to enhance agricultural activities in the mining district.
“To continue promoting agriculture in Chingola we are going to rehabilitate feeder roads leading to all farm blocks to ease transportation of goods to the markets,” he said.


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