THE Zambia Association of Manufacturers (ZAM) has welcomed President Lungu’s directive to supermarkets to retail Zambian-grown agricultural produce and other local products.
ZAM executive director Maybin Nsupila said in an interview yesterday that the directive is timely and will result in job creation for citizens.
Mr Nsupila said there is need to do more to ensure President Lungu’s directive is implemented.
“The investment protection agreement provides for the supermarkets to integrate the local suppliers but this does not usually happen,” Mr Nsupila said.
He also said there is need for the local people to know what is on demand and the quantity needed.
Mr Nsupila said the more foreign stocks are on the market, the more jobs are provided for foreigners thereby depriving the locals.
He challenged the supermarkets to work with local producers so that they can be integrated into the system.
“Some supermarkets demand that a local producer delivers their produce to all their outlets countrywide and this is not viable sometimes because it is too costly,” Mr Nsupila said.
He said local producers are producing good quality products which can sell well.
“I think there is need for all stakeholders to sit down and address all the issues so that this directive is viable,” he said.
On Thursday during the official opening of Mukuba mall in Kitwe, President Lungu directed all retail outlets to stock local products.