—-A non-governmental organisation called Save Rural Africa Foundation (SRAF), in partnership with the Bangladeshi government, has set aside US $ 500,000 for investing in various agricultural activities in Kasempa district.
Confirming the development, Senior Chief Kasempa said the programme, which is being called the Bangladeshi Project, is expected to start early next year and will be run under the Kasempa Community Mining and Natural Resources Management Foundation limited.
Senior chief Kasempa explained that the project was initiated by the SRAF, an organization formed by traditional leaders in Zambia aimed at alleviating poverty in chiefdoms and Kasempa has been selected to benefit from Bangladeshi Project before it is rolled out to other chiefdoms.
“My chiefdom has been favoured highly because once the project commences it will empower many farmers with knowledge on fish farming, livestock and agriculture and, therefore, these activities will ultimately change the face of Kasempa economically,” he said.
Senior Chief Kasempa was speaking in an interview today and disclosed that members of staff from Bangladesh are already in the country in readiness to travel to Kasempa and put up modalities on how the project will operate
The Senior Chief has since commended the Bangladeshi government for honouring the promise to invest in the rural areas of Zambia, adding that the project will be in four chiefdoms namely Chief Chipepo, Chief Chibesakunda, Chief Kaputa and Chief Kasempa.