Monday, May 20, 2024

France’s largest fresh produce market pledges to partner with Zambian farmers


France’s largest fresh produce market Rungis has pledged to work with the Paris Mission to foster partnership cooperation with Lusaka City Council (LCC) and Local Farmers in Zambia.

Zambia’s Ambassador to France Dr. Christine Kaseba-Sata, undertook an exploratory tour for the Mission to learn and assess if there could be possibilities of partnership cooperation with a similar market that could be modelled like the Rungis market in Zambia.

The market which is managed by a semi-public company called SEMMARIS and the concession-holder for the construction and operation of the National wholesale market of Rungis , is the largest fresh produce market in the world hosting up to 1,200 enterprises.

Ambassador Dr. Kaseba-Sata was amazed to learn how much revenue the Government of France was collecting through this initiative and thus describing the tour as an eye opener and opportunity for local farmers to secure space in the international Market especially that Agriculture had been prioritized as one of the key sectors in the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP).

“I see this as an opportunity where people will be able to venture into farming knowing that there is already a market they can sale their produce to and so we need a well organized entity that could help in moderating the sales of goods. I have seen produce from Eswathini, Ghana and Morocco and I know with the conducive farming conditions in Zambia, our own products can be added to this list because I don’t see why Zambia can not be amongst the African Countries exporting their produce to this market. This is were you could assist us either by imparting knowledge to our farmers on the standards needed to export to this market or work with relevant Authorities in Zambia to come up with a modelled market like this so that our Farmers can equally apply strategies being used in France.” Ambassador Dr. Kaseba-Sata said.

And Rungis International Project Manager, Erwan Gambert advised the Ambassador to submit a list of local Farmers ready to commercialize their produce so that his organization could assist distribute to possible partners.

Mr. Gambert also advised the Ambassador to facilitate a visit for the Zambia Local Farmers Association representatives so as to familiarize themselves with the International Market and gain the competence that would enable them to manage their business satisfactorily.

In response, Ambassador Dr. Kaseba-Sata stressed the need for intense training for the Zambian Local Farmers as well as partnering them with French Farmers where they could begin conducting exchange site visit programmes as what they needed the most was the Technical know-how of increasing productivity per acre.

Mr. Gambert further assured the Ambassador that his organization stood ready to assist the Mission with possible channels of communication for the relevant Authorities in charge of Agriculture in France.

Rungis market has a turn over of 9 billion Euros employing over 120,000 people and over 18 million customers. The market sells 2.4 million tones of products per year with a self-contained 34 Mega Watts power plant produced from its own waste (biomass).

The heating and electricity generated from biomass is distributed to the neighbouring entities, ORLY International airport inclusive. The set up of Rungies has manged to change the mindset of people who were dependant on large self-service shops because of the levels of hygiene and quality of productivity which are exceptional.

Issued by:

Yande MUSONDA (Ms.)
First Secretary – PRESS
Embassy/Permanent Délégation to UNESCO
18 Avenue de Tourville – 75007
Paris, FRANCE.


  1. Dr. Kaseba, agriculture is the game changer for economies like ourselves and am happy that you are able to see this now though surprised. Just looking at those pictures, one can easily see an opportunity to create employment in 3 sectors namely: 1.horticulture, 2. Branding and packaging, 3. Logistics.
    In fact I see more employment opportunities there but I leave it there.
    If you see the contents of those boxes, you quickly see dollars coming in Zambia by ensuring that the 3 outlined sectors are strengthened. Whats in the box, sweet potatoes (ifyumbu) is abundantly and cheaply grown in Zambia all year round and like I have stated, there is something that I have withheld that needs to be strictly adhered to for Zambia to access those markets. What is it?
    Thats why I always laugh whenever…

  2. contd
    Thats why I always laugh whenever i hear and see people complaining in this great nation. Our only enemy is ourselves, period, its NOT Government because in those pics, I see serious money. God, have mercy on us and as You clearly tell us in Your Word, “My people perish due to lack of knowledge”.

  3. So leadership including appointment to ambassadorships is sexually transmitted? What the hell is that woman doing in France, just because she was that dead most tribally bigoted fool?

  4. Ba Kaseba, the President of Zambia is called Lungu and his advisor is called Kaiza. You are speaking a language that is alien. So stop there!

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