‘Maximise Saudi Arabian fruit market’

A SAUDI Arabian-based company has called on Zambian firms to partner with it by exporting pineapples,mangoes and avocadoes to promote foreign exchange and trade relations between the two countries.
Nasmat al-Reef has expressed interest in importing pineapples, mangoes and avocadoes from Zambia following a meeting between the firm and the Zambian Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs acting director for development co-operation and international organisation Ikayi Mushinge said Zambia is endowed with abundant production of mangoes, avocadoes and pineapples that need to be further exploited.
According to a statement availed to the Daily Mail on Friday by the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU), Government has since engaged the union to enhance awareness to agricultural firms specialised in the supply of fruits and vegetables to partner with Nasmat al-Reef to facilitate the export of the commodities.
“This serves to inform you that a company based in Saudi Arabia called Nasmat al-Reef has expressed interest in importing pineapples, mangoes and avocadoes from Zambia. The embassy is recommending that a private company in Zambia enter into contract with Nasmat al-Reef for the purposes of supplying pine apples, mangoes and avocadoes on behalf of Zambian suppliers,” Mrs Mushinge said.
She said and the export opportunity of fruits and vegetables will enable the country benefit through increased foreign exchange and job creation.
Mrs Mushinge said all those interested to start supplying fruits and vegetables to Nasmat al-Reef are requested to do an express of interest by writing to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry has written to ZNFU to participate at the Business Forum from May 17-18, 2016 with the view to attract investment into Zambia’s economy.
President Lungu is scheduled to undertake a state visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from May 17-18, 2016.

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