MELODY MUPETA, Kitwe
NORTHERN Province permanent secretary Jobbicks Kalumba has appealed to local and international investors to consider establishing
a coffee plantation in the province.
Dr Kalumba said in an interview that the province prioritises the agriculture sector and therefore, the call for investors to utilise the vast land.
“I am appealing to local and international investors to take advantage of the vast land available in Northern Province by establishing a coffee plantation,” he said.
Dr Kalumba said the province has fertile land to support the cultivation of coffee which can also create jobs for the local people.
He said the province is currently focusing on crop diversification from maize farming and the establishment of a coffee plantation is a positive switch.
He said once investors are identified, the country will have its own coffee production plant and export surplus to other countries.
He said exporting coffee will earn the country foreign exchange which in turn will help develop Zambia.
Dr Kalumba said the establishment of a coffee plantation will improve the lives of people in the province because of the employment that will be created.