NKWETO MFULA, Chingola
THE Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) says it plans to establish a trading centre at Kasumbalesa one-stop border post with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have not been shelved because the facility will increase trade between the two countries.
ZNFU president Jervis Zimba said the union is still engaging other stakeholders on the establishment of the trade centre at the boundary with DRC.
“The plans to establish the trade centre at Kasumbalesa border have not been shelved, they are still in the pipeline,” he said.
Mr Zimba said in an interview yesterday that the union is currently sourcing for funds in conjunction with other stakeholders for the establishment of the facility.
He said Kasumbalesa Border Post needs a more organised market that will cater for traders from the two countries.
He said ZNFU appreciates the concerns by other stakeholders that have expressed interest to partner with the union in the establishment of the trading centre.
“The trade centre is important for Zambia and DRC in accelerating trade activities between the two peoples,” he said.
The centre will be used for the storage of various goods, such as agriculture products which will include fresh vegetables and other farm produce.
And Cross Border Traders Association chairman-general Charles Kakoma welcomed the move by ZNFU saying it is a step in the right direction.
“We are happy that plans for the creation of a trade centre have not been shelved, we have been talking about the facility for some time now,” he said.
Mr Kakoma said small-scale traders and small-scale farmers will benefit greatly from the trade centre.
“The facility will protect the traders’ goods following the challenges they faced in storing their commodities,” he said.