Mozambique, Zambia agro potential need prioritising

By Nation Reporter

Mozambican President Fillipe Nyusi has said developing the potential of agriculture should be a priority of Zambia and Mozambique.

“Vast natural human resources continue to lag and leave much to be desired. There is need to enhance agriculture produce and productivity to enhance nutrition and food security,” he said.

Mr Nyusi said low rate of productivity limited access to technology and credit assistance.

He invited business men and women to intervene in Agri-business and remove nations from the dent of anger and poverty.

Mr Nyusi said there was need to focus on deepening southern cooperation to reduce on imports.

He said Mozambique remained willing to increase value and strengthen cross border trade between Zambia and Mozambique.

Mr Nyusi was speaking as guest of honour when he officially opened the Zambia International Trade Fair in Ndola yesterday.

And President Lungu said public procurement guidelines would be revised to support local manufacturers. He said Government was securing regional markets for the export of value added products.

President Lungu said his Government had realigned its industrialisation agenda to focus on value addition to the locally available resource endowment and raw materials.

President Lungu, who is patron of the Zambia International Trade Fair, said his government was supporting the development of various value chain across the country by providing targeted fiscal and non-fiscal incentives to manufacturers activities as well as scaling-up entrepreneurship training.

He said even if domestic value chain was developed, overall growth would remain constrained if Zambia’s interventions remained inward looking.

President Lungu said the economies were increasingly inter-dependent.