German team jets in today


A GERMAN delegation is expected in the country today to assess Zambia’s vast investment opportunities in the agriculture sector.
The delegation led by the German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) Christian Schmidt will be in the country from April 15 -17 to discuss bilateral relations and provide solutions to some of the major challenges affecting Zambia’s agriculture sector.
According to a statement availed to the Daily Mail by the German Embassy on Monday, Mr Schmidt will meet with his Zambian counterpart Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Given Lubinda to exchange views on the challenges of small-scale farmers in Zambia.
“An important purpose of Mr Schmidt’s visit to Zambia is to provide him with an overview of Zambia’s vast, but in many ways still unused potential in agriculture.
“The German government is looking forward to learning about Zambia’s strategy to further develop the country’s agriculture sector and about its plans as to how to transform this strategy into concrete actions,” the statement says.
Mr Schmidt is also expected to officially open the Agricultural Knowledge and Technology Centre in Chisamba which is a bilateral cooperation project of the BMEL supported by the Zambian Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.
The centre project is implemented by the Golden Valley Agricultural Research Trust (GART), the Zambian National Farmers Union (ZNFU) and a consortium of German partners with the objective to become the state of the art training facility in Zambia in this sector and offer trainings in machine operations and farm management to various stakeholders.
Commenting on the development, German Ambassador to Zambia Bernd Finke said this will be Mr Schmidt’s first visit to Sub-Saharan Africa and that he has chosen Zambia, a country that has very long and close bonds with Germany.
“We are partners in development cooperation for almost five decades, and I very much welcome the fact that Germany has recently started to enlarge its engagement in Zambia also to the agricultural sector, including the successful agriculture investment of Amatheon Agri near Mumbwa,” he said.

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