Zambia exploring Turkey fruit trade

THE Zambian Mission in Turkey has embarked on an exercise to identify and engage fruit-dealers so that they can start importing Zambian tropical fruits such as mangoes which are available in abundance seasonally.
Deputy head of mission Bwalya Nondo said in Ankara, Turkey, on Thursday in a statement that the embassy is also wooing potential investors to set up food-processing factories in Zambia for value-addition and job creation.
Mr Nondo said Zambia’s Ambassador to Turkey Miriam Mulenga is confident that export of seasonal fruits to that country will contribute to Zambia’s quest to earn more foreign exchange and empower local fruit producers.
He said Ms Mulenga has noted that indications are that Turkey and countries of extra accreditation like Jordan present prospects for importation of Zambian tropical fruits such as mangoes, guavas, bananas and pineapples, among others.
“Ambassador Mulenga observed that while engaging appropriate Turkish business agencies to explore the possibility of having an export market for Zambian fruits, the Zambian Mission will at the same time showcase opportunities for investment in the food processing industry,” he said.
Mr Nondo said the Zambian Mission has since written to the Export Board of Zambia and other stakeholders for data in terms of aggregated quantities of tropical and seasonal fruits produced in Zambia at commercial and backyard levels.
He said the mission will, in engaging potential importers, indicate quantities that can be exported from Zambia at a regular frequency.
Mr Nondo said prescribed international protocols for Zambian fruits to meet export standards will also be communicated to the Export Board of Zambia once necessary groundwork has been concluded.

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