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‘State devoted to agricultural growth’

KAFWAYA

BUTTYSON KANDIMBA, Solwezi
NORTH-WESTERN Province Minister Dawson Kafwaya says Government has allocated a significant proportion of the 2016 national budget towards the growth of the agriculture sector and has maintained the value added tax (VAT) exemption for tractors up to 90 horse power.
Mr Kafwaya said the move is meant to encourage farmers to mechanise agricultural production, and subsequently increase production volumes and enhance household and national food security.
Speaking during the official launch of the CAMCO Equipment Zambia Solwezi branch on Thursday, Mr Kafwaya said Government is also determined to improve rural roads to facilitate the transportation of farm inputs and access to the markets.
“This is a very good incentive for farmers to consider mechanising their farming systems because, if their household incomes increase, our farmers will inevitably reduce poverty and efficiently meet educational needs of their children, thereby helping to reduce illiteracy in Zambia,” he said.
Mr Kafwaya said the CAMCO branch in Solwezi has opened at the right time when farmers are looking for a reliable supplier of farm machinery in a bid to increase production.
“In the past five years, North-Western Province, and Solwezi district in particular, has experienced a significant increase in human population, which is driven by investment in the mining sector and this has created pressure on housing, food supply and the need for quality infrastructure,” Mr Kafwaya said.
He said it is good that CAMCO, a supplier of farm implements and earth-moving equipment, will also give local contractors access to the needed equipment and spare parts.
And CAMCO managing director Bin Zou said his company is willing to go into dealership partnerships with local entrepreneurships and thereby create indirect jobs.
Earlier, CAMCO marketing and sales manager Edify Hamukale said the firm has partnered with the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) and National Savings and Credit Bank (NATSAVE), through the Bunjimi financing scheme, to support small-scale farmers with machinery to increase production.






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