Re-aligning co-operatives to commerce ministry commended

CHALI MULENGA, Livingstone
KAZUNGULA District Farmers’ Co-operative Union has commended President Lungu for re-aligning co-operatives function under the Ministry of Agriculture to the Ministry of Commerce, with an appeal to Government to ensure sufficient funds are allocated for capacity building.
Co-operative Union chairperson Lawrence Mudala is confident that the development will help those in farming to run as businesses entities.
“We welcome the presidential directive as we know there will be more resources allocated to the Ministry of Commerce in the area of capacity building for primary co-operatives,” he said.
Mr Mudala urged Government to ensure that there is enough money for
co-operatives to run efficiently and conduct training for members.
He said the directive was timely and hoped that co-operatives would be run independently so that they will no longer only depend on farmer input support programme as they will be able to graduate from the programme.
He urged primary co-operatives to support President Lungu to ensure that the policy of re-aligning the co-operative directorate to the Ministry of Commerce is successful and beneficial to farmers in the co-operatives.
During opening of Parliament, the President announced that the re-alignment of some ministries had been necessitated by Government’s transformational agenda and a clear master-plan for sustainable development backed by a merit-based public service.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock will be split into the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock while the co-operatives function will now fall under the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry as a directorate.

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