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New technologies key to industrialisation, says Mutharika

VISITING Malawian President Peter Mutharika says new technologies are needed in agriculture for countries to attain industrialisation.
Speaking after touring selected exhibition stands at the 89th Zambia Agriculture and Commercial Show in Lusaka yesterday, Professor Mutharika said Malawi could learn a lot from Zambia.
This year’s show is being held under the theme: Innovations beyond golden jubilee.
“Zambian farmers are better organised than Malawians. The show is also well- organised and these are lessons we are taking home with us.
“I am impressed with the exhibitions, especially new technologies in agriculture that are needed to attain industrialisation,” he said.
And Zambia’s First Lady Esther Lungu says she is impressed by the number of women’s organisations exhibiting at this year’s show.
Mrs Lungu, however, noted that a lot more needs to be done to increase produce and add value to local produce.
Mrs Lungu was speaking after touring selected exhibition stands yesterday.
She was accompanied by her Malawian counterpart, First Lady Gertrude Mutharika.
“I am impressed to see several women organisations at this show displaying what they produce.
“I am also impressed with what the Road Development Agency (RDA) is doing to improve the road network as that is vital in fostering social and economic development,” she said.
The two first ladies also toured First Quantum Minerals, Lumwana Mining Company, Zambia Tourism Board, Zambia National Milling Company, Dairy Association of Zambia and the Ministry of Agriculture.