Paramount Chief Chitimukulu, Kanyanta Manga II of the Bemba people has said the agriculture sector has potential to overtake mining in earnings because of the arable land and weather patterns that the country has.
He said government’s efforts to diversify the economy away from mining to agriculture, manufacturing and tourism must be supported as this was the only way to develop the country.
Speaking when Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, His Excellency Emmanuel Mwamba paid a courtesy call on him at the Chitimukulu Palace in Mungwi District, the Chitimukulu said efforts being made to diversify the economy must rely on available resources the country has, such as land, water and the favorable weather pattern.
He said Zambia should fully develop the agriculture sector and its associated agro processing industries and had capacity for mass food production an can be the bread basket for the sub-region.
He said Agriculture should be developed as it was also a mass-employer and the sector had the capacity to anchor the economy.
The Paramount Chief said he has welcomed the Cassava project and called on all stakeholders such as Chifwani Concepts to support rural and small-scale farmers to produce more of the crop to enhance livelihoods.
He said Chifwani Concepts should adopt best practices from similar and previous projects.
He said the concept was different as it assured reliable income for the small-scale farmers since the promoters had signed off-take agreements with manufacturers.
And Mr. Mwamba expressed gratitude for the valuable support he was receiving from Paramount Chief Chitimukulu and other traditional authorities in Northern Province.
Mr. Mwamba as promoter of the project took time to update His Royal Highness, Paramount Chief Chitimukulu Kanyanta Manga II about the progress that has been made regarding the Cassava Project.
Chifwani Concepts is promoting the rapid scaling-up of cassava farming and the use of the cash crop as a reliable income-generating and economic activity for rural communities following the rising demand for the crop for industrial and commercial use.