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Strengthen linkages with rural farmers – Chief Chikanta

KELLY NJOMBO, Kalomo
CHIEF Chikanta of Kalomo says there is need to strengthen linkages with smallholder farmers in rural areas through private sector participation in agricultural service delivery, equipment and input supply.
Chief Chikanta said the private sector must take up the challenge to implement projects in the agriculture sector, especially in rural areas, to improve farmers’ incomes and ease access to markets.
He said this during the launch of a customary land financing project by Kudu Agri-Consulting, Vision Fund Zambia and other stakeholders in Kalomo on Friday.
He said the private sector should not leave agricultural projects to Government alone.
“In order to achieve the desired results in agriculture, the capacity of the private sector in the development of the agricultural services should be improved by strengthening linkages with smallholder farmers, through private sector participation in agricultural service delivery, equipment, input supply and output marketing,” he said.
Chief Chikanta said people must stop depending on Government alone but engage the private sector to partner, implement and invest in agricultural development to develop the sector.
He said Government will also not relent in its effort to utilise the capacity of the private sector in the development of the agriculture sector.
Chief Chikanta, however, thanked Medeem Zambia, World Vision Zambia, Musika, Kudu Agri-Consulting and Government for initiating projects in his chiefdom aimed at boosting incomes among small-scale farmers.
Kudu Agri-Consulting, in partnership with Vision Fund Zambia, Chikanta Development Trust and Medeem Zambia through Musika’s intervention, launched a customary land financing project to enable over 500 small-scale farmers have access to finance.
Musika has also handed over three motor bikes to Chikanta Development Trust, Medeem Zambia and Kudu Agri-Consulting to help improve transportation in the area.

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