Government is happy with the mushroom project which was launched in Mambwe district of Eastern province last year.
Transport, Works, Supply and Communication Deputy Minister Panji Kaunda, who is in Mambwe, said he was pleased with the commitment the women in the area have shown in ensuring that the mushroom project succeeds.
Colonel Kaunda explained in a telephone interview to ZANIS that Mambwe district will be used as a training centre for people who want to train in mushroom growing.
He said the project has the potential to reduce poverty in rural communities if it taken serious.
He said empowerment projects have a lasting impact on communities as compared to the social cash transfer.
Col. Kaunda stressed that empowerment projects should be encouraged because they help communities to acquire life skills that in turn better people’s livelihood.
He noted that the benefits of social cash transfer pogrammes were short term while those of empowerment projects were long lasting.
He disclosed that Eastern province has a readily available market for mushroom hence the more reason why women should form clubs and undertake mushroom growing ventures.
The Deputy Minister said government was ready to support programmes that aim at reducing poverty in rural communities.