World Bank Country Director Kundhavi Kadiresan has observed that public investment in rural infrastructure, land development and measures that enhance rural productivity are essential in achieving Zambia’s poverty reduction target.
Ms. Kadiresan has also observed that Zambia’s potential in land and water resources has not been tapped fully hence impacting less on poverty.
She said there was need for Zambia to lower the cost of production in order to attract more investors.
She said skills training and capacity development were key factors in ensuring that there was productivity and diversification of the economy.
Ms. Kadiresan was speaking during the award presentation ceremony to students in the school of agriculture sciences at the University of Zambia today.
And UNZA Acting Vice Chancellor Enala Tembo said the school of agriculture science, which was established in 1966, has grown tremendously and was now offering fiver undergraduate programmes and six post graduate programmes.
Professor Tembo explained that the university has partnered with private entities through the private public partnership to raise funds to supplement government efforts.
She said the East Park Mall, which is being operated by the partners of UNZA, opened yesterday and will be offering part time employment to students as a way of helping them.
Ten deserving students in various fields in the school of agriculture were presented with prizes for their performance in their levels of studies.