Govt. reaffirms support for private sector

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Government has reiterated its commitment to supporting efforts of the private sector in fostering dynamic collaboration that promote national and regional agricultural policy objectives.


Deputy Minister of Agricultural and Livestock Luxon Kazabu said accelerated agricultural growth and transformation can be achieved through collaborative support and research.


He said government was committed to among other things revitalize the agricultural sector through special policies and strategies with emphasis on the removal of constraints to agricultural production and marketing.


Mr. Kazabu said this in Lusaka today at the first Regional network of Agricultural Policy Research Institute (ReNAPRI) annual regional agricultural outlook symposium.


The symposium, which ends tomorrow, is under the theme “anticipating and responding to the region’s policy of challenges in the decade ahead”.


The meeting aims at facilitating and fostering ownership in the development and implementation of regional agriculture policy.


Meanwhile, Mr. Kazabu has commended the Regional network of Agricultural Policy Research Institute for championing the African led initiative to create a platform for dialogue and information sharing on agricultural issues among regional stakeholders.


He also expressed gratitude to the members of Regional network of Agricultural Policy Research Institute for choosing Zambia as the headquarters of the institute.


And COMESA’s Investment Promotion and Private Sector Development Director Thiery Kalonji said Africa continues to progressively place agricultural and natural resources management at the centre of social, environmental and economic development.


Mr. Kalonji said more investment was needed in the agricultural sector to modernize and upgrade rural and regional infrastructure in order to overcome the region’s challenges.