ZAMBIA - Government will soon identify land for a farm block in Ndola of between 40,000 and 50,000 hectares to promote economic diversification, Chief Government spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili has said.
Mr Kambwili said Government is creating farm blocks across the country in its effort to diversify from mining to other
“We have embarked on a farm block programme, we are going to identify land and crops that are grown in various places.
For example, here in Ndola, once we find out that soya beans grows well, we will look for 40,000 to 50,000 hectares,” he said.
Mr Kambwili said this during a public meeting in Ndola recently.
He said out of the land that will be identified, 10,000 hectares will be given to foreign farmers to grow and process soya beans.
Commercial, small-scale and peasant farmers will also be given pieces of land ranging from 1,000 to 4,000 hectares, 50 to 200 hectares and three to 10 hectares.
Mr Kambwili said Government will encourage out-grower schemes where farmers will grow soya beans to sell to foreign farmers who will set up processing industries.
“This is part of diversification; this programme will provide the pre-requisite to agricultural production. Once we do that, we will not allow farmers to export soya beans but, export value added products,” he said.
He said the programme, which is expected to take not more than a year, will create more jobs for the local people.
And the minister said Government, through the Zambia Development Agency, is working out measures to attract more investments in the Chambishi Multi Facility Economic Zone (MFEZ).
“We are interested in creating industries locally. Once investors are here to set up base in this MFEZ, the cost of goods and services will significantly reduce and have a huge impact on the exchange rate,” he said.
February 10, 2016; https://www.daily-mail.co.zm/?p=58821