Contribute to food security, ZABS urges women

AS ZAMBIA and the rest of the world celebrated International Women’s Day yesterday, Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) implored women in agriculture to enhance food safety management standards to contribute to food security.
ZABS head marketing and public relations Hazel Zulu said women in the country, particularly those belonging to various agricultural co-operatives should embrace standards and access information about food safety management to enable them grow their businesses and effectively contribute to national food security.
This is contained in a statement issued by ZABS to celebrate International Women’s Day, which fell yesterday under the theme, ‘Planet 50 – 50 by 2030: Step it up for gender equality’.
Mrs Zulu said the agriculture sector has the potential to contribute significantly to the economic development of the country hence the need for farmers, food processors, and producers to prioritise the use of standards so that their produce can compete favourably on both the local and international market.
“We would like to encourage co-operatives, particularly women members, to work with the bureau to help them incorporate standards in product development,” she said.
She said ZABS in partnership with its parent minister, the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry on Monday sensitised various farmers and co-operatives in Chongwe on the role the statutory bodies under the ministry play in enhancing business development.
The team met over 40 farmers representing about 20 co-operatives in Chongwe.

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