The Zambia National Farmers Union has commended Government for banning the importation of some farm produce into Zambia as a way of promoting the growth of the agriculture sector.
ZNFU has said that the ban on the importation of some fruits and vegetables will contribute to making President Lungu’s diversification agenda a reality.
ZNFU president Jervis Zimba said the ban would empower local farmers because they are capable of meeting local demand.
“We are thankful and grateful to Government for listening to the cry of farmers to ban the importation of some fruits and vegetables. It is a bold decision and resonates very well with President Lungu, who is on record as saying agriculture should be a priority,” Mr Zimba said.
He said in an interview yesterday ZNFU will support farmers to ensure they produce the quantities of vegetables and fruits required to supply the market.
Mr Zimba dismissed claims by some chain stores that local suppliers are inconsistent.