NOMSA NKANA, Lusaka
SWAZILAND has expressed interest in importing maize and other grains such as rice and beans from Zambia.
King Msawti III made this announcement when he toured Zambian stands during the official opening of the Swaziland International Trade Fair on Saturday.
Samples of exhibits included maize from Food Reserve Agency, including beverages, and processed foods from Trade Kings, Californian Beverages, Zayaan Investments and Superior Milling.
This is contained in a statement availed to the Daily Mail by Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) communications manager Margaret Chimanse.
And President Lungu, who officiated at the fair, was impressed with the display of various products at the Zambian pavilion and emphasised the need for value addition in agriculture for the country to benefit from the sector.
Commenting on the development, ZDA manager for export development Albert Halwampa said the agency is implementing the recently launched Seventh National Development Plan to ensure achievement of development outcomes.
“These relate to a diversified and export-oriented agriculture sector, a diversified and export -oriented mining sector, and also improved access to domestic, regional and international market access,” he said.
Mr Halwampa also explained ZDA’s mandate to promote trade and investment, including business competitiveness of entrepreneurs.
He said ZDA has also facilitated participation of Zambia’s public and private sectors at the Swaziland International Trade Fair.