Go into agro-processing, ZDA tells women

THE Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) has urged women to go into processing of agricultural produce to add value and improve locally-produced food items in supermarkets.
ZDA director of enterprise development Mukula Makasa said there is need for businesswomen to engage in value addition to enhance their products and market access.
Mr Makasa, who was addressing women after an entrepreneurship course at WECREATE Zambia in Lusaka’s Chawama Township, said under enterprise development division, ZDA is committed to helping entrepreneurs to find market for their products by linking them to chain stores and to exhibit their products at global trade fairs.
“We are urging women entrepreneurs to process their products and brand them properly so that they can get shelf space in chain stores and supermarkets,” Mr Makasa said.
WECREATE Zambia serves as an entrepreneurial community centre for women interested in starting or expanding existing businesses.
Mr Makasa also urged the women to work hard and contribute in changing the country’s economic outlook.
“Our job is to see many businesses started and grow by providing them with services such as incubation and mentorship, product development, business linkages, access to finance and capacity development, among others,” he said.
Mr Makasa informed the women that ZDA also facilitates loans through the Zambia Export Development Fund for entrepreneurs that want to explore the export market.
Earlier, WE CREATE Zambia acting chief executive officer Rebecca Mvula said the organisation trains women on how to create market opportunities for their products.

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