Zambia seeks World Bank funding for agriculture development

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Zambia has started the process of engaging the World Bank with a possibility of supplementary funding aimed at the development of the agriculture sector, a senior government official said on Wednesday.

Minister of Finance and National Planning Situmbeko Musokotwane said the funding was specifically meant to enhance the development of farming blocks established across the country to improve productivity.

“The government will upscale agriculture sector development, with a special focus on farm block development and effective market linkages,” he said during a post-budget analysis on the agriculture sector organized by the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute, an agricultural think-tank in Lusaka, the country’s capital.

The Zambian minister emphasized the need to focus on the agriculture sector as a major driver of export-oriented economy.

Anthony Chapoto, the think-tank’s research director, called on the government to provide small-scale commercial land in the farming blocks to qualified specialists and graduates in order to maximize the benefits from the farm block. Enditem

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