Shang’ombo District Commissioner Lawrence Nyambe has called on residents in the area to embrace the US$2 million matching grant meant to add value to the cashew project in the district.
In an interview with ZANIS, Captain Nyambe expressed happiness that the Ministry of Agriculture partnered with the Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) to provide matching grants to entrepreneurs wishing to invest in cashew plantations, storage, nurseries and processing plants.
He said with the matching grant available, there is need for farmers in the district to realise that cashew farming can reduce poverty.
Meanwhile, Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission Senior Credit Officer Victor Manda said 10 districts of Western Province, including Shang’ombo are to benefit from the cashew matching grant.
Mr. Manda has therefore appealed to farmers in the district to benefit from the matching grant as it is a valuable commodity that fetches more money per ton than copper on the international market.
He said government’s vision is to promote agriculture diversification and improve people’s standards of living.
He was speaking at a sensitisation workshop for cashew matching grant facility held Shang’ombo.
The workshop, which is meant to sensitise Shang’ombo residents about the US$2 million matching grant facility is being undertaken between the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock with support from the African Development Bank.