ESTHER MSETEKA, Lusaka
ZAMBEEF Products plc has called for concerted efforts from all stakeholders to invest in technology and infrastructure to encourage the growth of local industries.
Company joint chief executive officer Francis Grogan said there is
need for farmers to view agriculture as a channel that will help boost economic development especially in the manufacturing sector.
Zambeef has been working with various stakeholders such as government ministries, non-governmental organisations and farmers across the country to enhance the efficiency and output in the value chains that feed into its operations.
He said this when a team of Zambian parliamentarians toured Zambeef’s Huntley Farm in Chisamba recently.
Mr Grogan said formulating deliberate policies that drive fiscal growth is key in the establishment of new industries, job creation as well as generation of the much-needed revenue in tax and foreign exchange earnings from exports and ensuring food security.
“While we are aware that market demand drives productivity, Zambeef is sensitive to the fact that other vital factors such as road infrastructure, storage and inputs among other things require equal consideration; only when the production stage works to mirror the market demand and vice versa will our farmers have the opportunity to really develop and increase their capacity,” he said.
Zambeef exports to Angola, Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Malawi, Kenya and Mozambique, creating a market in the region for Zambian agricultural goods.