Dairy sector in 50% annual growth

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The Dairy Association of Zambia (DAZ) has consecutively recorded a 50 percent annual growth rate in the last five years.

DAZ Policy Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Kapoche Mwale said this growth was due to government’s good policies and continuous support to the dairy sector.

Mr. Mwale said government has been instrumental in building cattle bleeding centers across the country, a situation that has resulted in an increase of cattle population in the past few years.

ZANIS reports that Mr. Mwale has however called for increased financial investment in the dairy sector in order for the country to continue recording growth in the dairy export market.

Meanwhile, the 2014 Agri-Business Financial Fare gets underway in Choma district in Southern Province on the 3rd and 4th October 2014.

The Agri-Business Financial Fare is being organised by the Agri-Pro Focus under the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) Zambia country office.

Agri-Pro Focus Country Assistant Officer Nchimunya Kasongo said the fare, which has attracted over 1,000 farmers, is aimed at fostering relations between farmers and financial lending institutions in the country.

And Financial Sector Development Plan (FSDP) project officer Queen Siachile called on financial lending institutions to educate farmers on various profitable and sustainable farming ventures which they can embark on.