KABANDA CHULU, Lusaka
ZAMBIA Bureau of Standards (ZABS) has urged small and large enterprises whose business focus is in the agricultural and environmental sectors to ensure they access and use standards to promote quality and safety in their industrial segments.
In an interview at the just-ended 91st Zambia Agricultural and Commercial Show, ZABS head of marketing and public relations Hazel Zulu said the bureau has developed standards in line with the government policy of promoting sustainable agricultural practices with the aim of contributing to national food security.
“As a bureau, we urge stakeholders in the stated sectors to take advantage of available standards to enhance the quality and safety of their agricultural practices and produce for national development.
“We are therefore excited about this year’s theme, ‘Promoting a green economy’ as it also emphasises the need for sustaining and advancing economic, environmental and social well-being of the citizens,” she said.
Ms Zulu said a green economy can be thought of as an alternative vision for growth and development.
“In fact, a green economy is one that can generate growth and improvements in people’s lives in ways consistent with sustainable development,” she said.
“We advise the business sector to visit our offices and get vital information to help them boost their businesses. The standards include those on organic farming, the standard on environmental management systems and standards on fruits and vegetables, among others,” she said.