THE setting up of an agriculture training centre in Mufulira by Jacaranda Agriculture Training Centre is a welcome development which will propel agriculture in the district, says district commissioner Chanda Kabwe.
Mr Kabwe said it was encouraging to note that the centre has a 10-year long term investment plan which will include the construction an agriculture university in Mufulira to enhance the standards of farming in the district and the Copperbelt as a whole.
“As the district commissioner of Mufulira I am very delighted with development projects in the agriculture sector embarked on by Jacaranda in Murundu farming bloc because the centre is adding value to the agriculture industry,” said Mr Kabwe.
He said Government highly appreciated the investment by the private sector which played a critical role in contributing to the economy of the nation.
Mr Kabwe said despite the district being a mining one other stakeholders especially in the agriculture sector had seen Mufulira being suitable for agriculture as well.
He said the centre, a learning institution offering agricultural courses under the Catholic Diocese of Ndola, was determined to train and empower young people in understanding conservation farming in a modern way.
“The centre, which is run by the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Service, was established in 2000 on a 75 hectares of land.
“I am also aware that the Jacaranda Agriculture Training Centre management has applied for land for the construction of an agriculture university and the local authority is looking into the matter in collaboration with my office,” said Mr Kabwe
He said agriculture was essential to the well-being of the nation and plans by the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Service to come up with the construction of an agriculture university were a positive development.
The centre was supplementing Government’s efforts in agriculture as it was determined to enhance farming in the district and has already won the confidence of some donors from South Korea who we happy with activities at the centre.
“I strongly believe that the agriculture university which is in its first initial planning stage will be a success story in Mufulira once the land is granted to the centre and the district will lead the way in offering quality education at the higher level in agriculture training in Zambia,” he said.