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EU to give Zambia K1bn for diversification

ZAMBIA’S agricultural diversification programme is expected to receive a ‘shot in the arm’ following the European Union’s (EU) plan to inject about K1 billion.
EU head of delegation Alessandro Mariani disclosed in an interview that the EU is preparing a €90-million programme that will focus on diversifying away from maize production to aquaculture and soya bean cultivation.
“Agriculture is not just maize as there are several crops and activities that can be done in the sector. So we are working on a programme that will, in the next few weeks, be presented to the EU headquarters in Brussels and we expect to roll it out next year,” Mr Mariani said.
He said the programme will also support irrigation and promote nutrition.
“Let us not forget that a more diversified agriculture sector guarantees a balanced diet,” he said.
The initiative, which is expected to be rolled out next year, will benefit fish farmers and those involved in the production of other crops.