ESTHER MSETEKA, Mkushi
IN AN effort to enhance innovation in the agriculture sector, Zanaco Bank has provided financial support worth K50,000 for infrastructure development at Chengelo Training Farm (CTF).
The training school is on a 50 hectares area and has a capacity to accommodate 40 students per session.
Bank chief risk officer Hamish Chipungu said the financial institution was encouraged to provide support to the school due to the important role that agriculture plays in eradicating poverty.
Mr Chipungu said the assist that is under the bank’ s corporate social responsibility programme will translate into more small-scale farmers getting hands-on skills on the right methods of farming.
“Agriculture is one of the major sources of income for most people, especially in rural areas, and equipping the training centre with residential facilities will enable people from far-flung areas to benefit from the support,” he said during the hand-over of a K50,000 cheque to CTF on Friday.
Earlier, CTF management committee chairman Alex Holding cited knowledge, education and information as being key to the ever-evolving agriculture sector in Zambia and worldwide.
Mr Holding said the school provides practical lessons in livestock, cropping and vegetables to enable small-scale farmers to run agriculture as a business.
“Zambia needs to double the crop production per hectare rather than double the area grown. CTF, in conjunction with Foundations for Farming, is helping to achieve this.
“We already run single day training workshops to allow farm management, supervisors, among others, to acquire new knowledge. The value of these training days is to refresh people already in the agriculture sector on ideal principles and agronomic practices,” he said.