Government and AVIC International Zambia Limited have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the proposed development of a new college for the Natural Resources Development College -NRDC.
ZANIS reports that the agreement was signed by Minister of Agriculture Dora Siliya and AVIC International representatives in Lusaka.
Speaking after the signing ceremony, Ms Siliya said government is committed to improving infrastructure to enable more students enrol in agricultural colleges.
Ms Siliya said the cost of the project and time frame will be determined after AVIC provides government with a proposed design.
The Minister said the college will be constructed on 1,600 hectares of land that government has acquired from Senior Chief Shakumbila of Shibuyunji district.
And AVIC representative from, Cui Ji said the company will work closely with government to ensure that the design is completed as soon as possible so that the project takes off.
Meanwhile, Government has called on civil servants and small scale farmers in Mwense District in Luapula province to be active players in national economy development by engaging in various agriculture activities .
Mwense District Commissioner Geoffrey Chipampata says the PF Government through the Public Service Financing has for this reason introduced affordable loans for agriculture implements such as tractors to enable civil servants and small scale farmers to participate in agriculture activities.
He said the country’s over dependence on copper is long gone adding full participation in agriculture by all citizens will contribute positively to the economic growth.
ZANIS reports that the District Commissioner said this during the official opening of Lukwesa Agriculture Block show held at FTJ Primary school.
Agriculture is a backbone of the economy hence the need for everyone to engage in agriculture production of any kind such as farming, gardening, livestock, aquaculture among others, he said.
Mr. Chipampata also implored small scale farmers and entrepreneurs to engage in profitable and sustainable activities that benefit their communities and families, in particular.
He said emphasis should be in taking agriculture as a business adding farmers should start growing high value crops such as Rice, Soya beans, Irish potatoes and vegetables among others if they are to realize much profit.
Mr. Chipampata also expressed happiness to note that the district is yet again earmarked for a bumper harvest.
He said though government has lifted a ban on export of maize, farmers should not to rush in selling their produce to the briefcase businessmen but wait for the maize marketing season and sale their produce at good price to the Food Reserve Agency.
The Lukwesa Agriculture Block show was held under the theme promoting a green economy.